Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 486

Price Realized: $ 3,500
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 1,500 - $ 2,500
(POLITICS.) CALIFORNIA. Unrecorded California broadside. MYSTERIOUS. "What became of that $500.00 which Samuel B. Bell, the Black Republican candidate for Senator, says a friend furnished him, to aid in defeating the 'niger (sic) bill" in the last Legislature?" Letterpress broadside, 5 x 7-7/8 inches; lightly and evenly faded. Np [San Francisco], circa 1853

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Samuel B. Bell (ca 1830-1897) was an ordained Presbyterian minister who came to California from New York, in 1852. He became active in politics and education, and obtained the charter for the College of California, now The University of California. He represented his district in the California Senate and House of Representatives from 1853-1854 and again in 1862-1863, during which time he was connected with the passing of the Homestead Act and was one of the original Republicans when the party was formed.
The language of this vile broadside is clear. California was made a free state in 1850, something clearly not all Californians wanted. As a free state, and one quite distant from the Southern slave states, one could reasonably expect ex-slaves to begin making their way West. There is a possibility that this broadside might refer to the Perkins case, specifically to the vote in the California Legislature that failed to renew the Fugitive Slave Law in that state. OCLC locates no copies anywhere.