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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 50, November 6-7, 1849

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Identifier: DX08992040

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 1, page 50, November 6-7, 1849

Description: Comments on the election in Jersey City, which he viewed from his boarding house.

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Democratic ticket, and if his cause was good he was a disgrace to it. He bade King Mob not think or cavil at individual names, “to go the whole Democratic ticket and nothing but it.” Concluding, his auditors trooped after a band of music, playing nigger melodies, around the ward, to shew their strength and patriotism.

6. Tuesday. Drawing all day. The Jersey election being held opposite the house & had an opportunity to witness it. Very simple and effective mode. Bar placed across the building, behind which are men to take down the names of the voters, as they give their tickets into the hands of a person who places it in the ballot box, which is locked. If any difficulty or question arise the voter is sworn, if perjured he is liable to some year or so in the States prison. Natheless it is done, and often. Ben Haun and [John] Rankin strong on the Democratic side; albeit Ben has no right to vote yet, not being of age. His brother [John Haun] being, has the right, which he don’t care to exercise, considering, and perhaps very justly, both parties to be rogues. Great “gorging” (as [Jabez] Wing phrased it) appears to be done. Lists of names printed headed by a name of one party, while all beneath are of the opposing, so that the superficial voter may be deceived thereby. In the paper the other day I saw a letter printed, purported to be a copy of one sent by a candidate, villanously missspelt, to create the impression of his ignorance and incapacity. Next day in good English he pronounces it an impudent forgery.

Rights: NoC-US

Place: United States
New York

Dates: 1849-11-06

Type(s): Diary
Page

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Boardinghouses
19th century
Elections
Mobs
Demonstrations
Music

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