Posted by: Democratic Thinker | January 26, 2010

Proceedings—The 14th

The Fall of the True American

 
In 1845, Cassius M. Clay establishes a press in his hometown of Lexington, Kentucky—the first press in a slave state set up expressly for the purposes of an open debate on the issue of slavery. It meets resistance.


HISTORY AND RECORD

Of the proceedings of the People of Lexington and its vicinity in the suppression of the “TRUE AMERICAN,” from the commencement of the movement on the 14th August, 1845, to its final termination on Monday the 18th of the same month.

VIRDEN, PRINTER, LEXINGTON;
1845.

THE following is the Notice prepared by James L. Hickman Esq. and postponed on account of the proposition to make out a list of particular citizens and notify them specially:

NOTICE.

The citizens of Lexington are requested to meet at the Court House this evening at 4 o’clock, to take into consideration the propriety of adopting suitable measures to protect the property, and defend the wives and daughters of the citizens of Lexington against the “strong arms, fiery hearts and iron pikes” of the so called True American.

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Invite the following named gentlemen to meet at the Court House at 3 o’clock this evening, to consult on what course would be proper to pursue, in relation to the publication in this city of the paper called the True American.

Aug. 14,1845.

Dr. Ben. W. Dudley,   Parker Craig, D. Mc. Payne,
John W. Hunt, W.H. Richardson, E.K. Sayre,
D.M. Craig, John McCauley, Wm. S. Waller,
H.T. Duncan, Tho. Bradley, Saml. R. Bullock,
H.H. Timberlake, L.C. Randall, J.C. Breckinridge,
Wm. Wilson, Dr J.C. Cross, Thomas Grant,
Thomas S. Redd, J.O. Harrison, Maslin Smith,
Henry Johnson, Ed. McAlister, Ed. P. Johnson,
W.K. Higgins, Jas. A. Grinstead,   B.A. Hicks.

 

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TO THE PUBLIC

At a meeting of sundry citizens of Lexington at the Court House on Thursday, 14th August, Beverley A. Hicks was called to the chair, and the meeting being organized, the following resolutions were unanimously adopted, after which the meeting adjourned to meet at 3 o’clock, P.M. to-morrow 15th.

Signed, BEVERLEY A. HICKS,
Chairman.

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to wait upon Cassius M. Clay, editor of the True American,and request him to discontinue the publication of the paper called the “True American” as its further continuance, in our judgement, is dangerous to the peace of our community, and to the safety of our homes and families.

2d. That the Committee report to this assembly to-morrow evening at 3 o’clock the result of their application and Mr. Clay’s answer.

B. W. DUDLEY, } Com’t. 
THOS. H. WATERS,
JOHN W. HUNT.


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