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"Gilt Edged Paper."- The following is one of the resolutions adopted by the Worcester County North Division Anti-Slavery Society, at a recent annual meeting held in Westminster.

That the recent return of an Emancipator to the editor, by a member of Congress, enveloped in "gilt edged" paper, and accompanied with the cowardly threat, 'If you show your ___ black face in Washington, or a Southern State, you will be murdered worse than Lovejoy was,' is not only a demonstration that free Americans, who are opposed to slavery, cannot visit the Capitol of their country with safety; an admission that Lovejoy was murdered- that slaveholders want to murder and would do it if they dared; and that slavery intends to shed all the blood it can before it dies; but is also in perfect keeping with the whole system of slaveholding inasmuch as that systemis, throughout, one of the most hateful abominations which slaveholders have always tried to 'envelope in gilt-edged paper.' "

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Theodore Dwight Weld (1803-1895), a prominent abolitionist and editor of the American Anti-Slavery Society newspaper The Emancipator, received a threat from a member of Congress. This resulted in a resolution by the Worcester County (Massachusetts) North Division Anti-Slavery Society containing a reference to the killing of Elijah Parish Lovejoy (1802-1837) in Alton, Illinois, on November 7, 1837. It states that "slavery intends to shed all the blood it can before it dies." Enveloping in "Gilt-Edged Paper" implies that something is being made to look better than it actually is. The Gazette & Mercury was the newspaper in Greenfield, Massachusetts, from June 27, 1837 to July 13, 1841, when it changed its name to the Gazette & Courier.

 

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"Gilt Edged Paper" article tells of a death threat to the editor of The Emancipator in the Gazette and Mercury newspaper

publisher   Greenfield Gazette and Mercury
date   Feb 27, 1838
location   Greenfield, Massachusetts
height   3.75"
width   4.25"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Periodicals/Newspaper
accession #   #L05.103


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