Posted by: Democratic Thinker | February 3, 2010

Proceedings—The 19th

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.

LEXINGTON, August 19th, 1845.

C. M. CLAY, Esq.: Sir—We have been directed by the Committee of the meeting held on yesterday, at the Court House, as its officers, to inform you that the press, type, &c., of the “True American” paper, have been carefully put up, and shipped by Rail Road to Cincinnati, to the care of Messrs. January & Taylor, subject to your order; and that the charges and expenses upon them have been paid. With proper respect, we have the honor to be, &c.

GEO. W. JOHNSON, Ch’m.
J. B. Clay, Sec’y.

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