Lot 39: [American Politics] Gilson's View of Democracy
November 5, 2016
Macon, GA, USALive Auction
Description: Gilson, C.L.: VIEWS OF DEMOCRACY; CONTAINING GLANCES OF THE POLITICAL CONTESTS IN THE UNITED STATES; EXPLAINING THE PRINCIPLES OF DEMOCRACY, AND THOSE OF FEDERALISM; SHOWING THE DIFFERENCE WHICH EXISTS BETWEEN THE TWO PRINCIPLES, ETC. ; TOGETHER WITH RESOLVES FOR THE DEMOCRACY. N.p.: Published for the author, 1841. 8vo. 16pp, disbound, light wear and scattered moderate foxing, a bit limp. Good+. *********************************** The bombastic political style of this rare pamphlet exceeds even that of its contemporaries. It was written after William Henry Harrison's election and appeared in the first few months of 1841, before his inauguration and untimely death. Gilson traces the Whigs to the "British Tories" who later comprised the Federalist Party, the "same men who rejoiced at the death of Washington." He further argues that The National Bank was used "to trample the constitution, the laws and government in the dust." Gilson's favorite is "the little Democrat from Kinderhook," Martin Van Buren. This pamphlet, evidently unrecorded, must be one of the first to mention the phrase, "O.K., oll Korrect," which Gilson says he saw on a Whig banner at the "New England whig convention, September 10th." He gives an amusing contemporary description of the Convention, and of some of the more boisterous aspects of the 1840 campaign. Not in Sabin, NUC, AI, Cronin & Wise [Harrison], Wise & Cronin [Van Buren], Eberstadt, Decker. Scarce.