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Dorr Rebeliion- Burgess letter to Governor Fenner

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Title

Dorr Rebeliion- Burgess letter to Governor Fenner

Subject

Dorr Rebellion, 1842.

Description

Letter from Mayor of Providence Thomas M. Burgess to Rhode Island Governor Fenner regarding a planned attack by Dorr on the arsenal.

Creator

Burgess, Thomas Mackie, 1806-1856

Publisher

Rhode Island State Archives

Date

1842 May 18

Format

jpeg

Language

eng

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Text

Mayor of Providence at the time of the Dorr rebellion 1842 –

My dear Sir,
I have just learned that Dorr has
determined an attack on the Arsenal tonight and
also other outrages – This has been determined against
the Counsel of every leading political friend he has
in Providence: the only possible chance for the failure
of his undertaking is the refusal of his military to obey.
I learn that among the rash enterprises
he talks of is an attack upon yourself personally although
I do not believe it yet it may be well enough for you to
know it, that you may keep some one awake.
Things look very bad tonight.
Respectfully
Yours
Thomas M. Burgess
To
Gov. Fenner
____________________________________________

[Reverse side]
Thos. M. Burgess
Mayor of Providence
notifying me of a
personal attack on
me by Thos. W Dorr
and his desparadoes.
Rec’d on the evening
of the 18th of May ‘42

Original Format

paper

Citation

Burgess, Thomas Mackie, 1806-1856, "Dorr Rebeliion- Burgess letter to Governor Fenner," in Virtual Exhibits, Item #299, http://www.sos.ri.gov/virtualarchives/items/show/299 (accessed April 16, 2014).