Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 53

Price Realized: $ 585
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
ALTON RIOTS. Tracy, F.P. A Sermon Occasioned by the Alton Outrage and the Murder of Rev. E.P. Lovejoy. 16 pages. 8vo, original printed front wrapper present, lacking the rear. Newburyport, Massachusetts, Charles Whipple, 1838

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very scarce. no copy at auction in 25 years. Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837) was a minister, journalist, newspaper editor and ardent abolitionist. In May 1836, after pro-slavery elements in St. Louis destroyed his printing press--for the third time--Lovejoy left the city and moved across the river to Alton in the free state of Illinois. In 1837 he started printing the Alton Observer, a decidedly abolitionist paper. On 7 November, 1837, a pro-slavery lynch mob attacked the warehouse where Lovejoy kept his fourth printing press. Lovejoy and a small group of supporters exchanged gunfire with the mob, but Lovejoy was shot and died on the spot.