An address to the people of Rhode-Island, from the convention assembled at Providence, on the 22nd day of February, and again on the 12th day of March, 1834, to promote the establishment of a state constitution

Providence: Cranston & Hammond, 1834. First edition, 8vo, pp. 60; removed from binding, wrappers wanting; very good. "The able contingent which had been directed to prepare a statement of party principles - Dorr, Angell, Rivers, William Smith, and attorney Christoper Robinson - presented its report, the famous Address to the People of Rhode Island. This document, sixty pages in final printed form, was composed principally by Dorr, with assistance from Angell and Smith....The Address eloquently concluded by urging the Assembly to call an equitably apportioned constitutional convention. It further exhorted the legislature to suspend the freehold qualification for native-born citizens in the election of delegates 'for the single purpose of facilitating the exercise by the People of the great, original Right of Sovereignty" (Conley, Democracy in Decline, pp. 255-58). "The historical portion of this address was contributed by Joseph K. Angell, Esq., the statistics by William H. Smith, Secterary of State under the Pepople's Consitution," and the remainder, including all the argumentative part, by Thoimas W. Dorr" (Bartlett). American Imprints 26527; Bartlett, p. 82;. Sabin 70537. Item #56184

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