“Unless you comply with these just demands without delay, we will withdraw from the union, scatter to the winds the bonds of tyranny, and transmit to posterity, that liberty purchased by the revolution.” We have not room this day to take a severer notice of this infamous publication. – [New York] Standard of Union.
COMMENT: Rumors that New England planned to secede from the Union were growing rapidly, as American military efforts began to prove unsuccessful. The New York “Standard of Union” was a semi-weekly newspaper published briefly between October 1813 and May 1814. The editor was Tunis Wortman (1773-1822), a lawyer, political writer, and prominent member of Tammany Hall in New York City.
Another New Editor
S. R. Brown, late Editor of the SARATOGA PATRIOT, an eccentric and versatile being, yet firm and persevering in his purposes, when powerful incentives stimulate to exertion, respectfully informs the American people, from St. Croix to Sabine, from the Atlantic to the wilds of Louisiana, that, life, health and contingencies permitting, he WILL on Monday, the 28th of February ... issue from the press of Messrs. E. & E. Hosford, State-street Albany, the first number of a weekly paper, to be entitled
GEOGRAPHICAL & MILITARY MUSEUM.
The objects, nature and conditions of the intended publication will then be made known ... Not a single subscriber is obtained — a few, however, are expected. Don’t laugh, Gentlemen. – Feb.22,1814
COMMENT: The life of Samuel R. Brown (1775-1817) was as eccentric as this advertisement, and over the years he founded and briefly edited quite a number of newspapers, including the “The Aurora Borealis and Saratoga Advertiser,” “The Albany Republican,” and the “Cayuga Patriot.”
Of him, the famous New York editor Thurlow Weed, who boarded with him in 1814, later wrote: “Out of my seven weeks residence there, Mr. Dickens would have found characters and incidents for a novel as rich and as original as that of ‘David Copperfield’ or ‘Nicholas Nickleby.’ Mr. Brown was an even tempered, easy-going, good natured man, who took no thought of what he should eat or what he should drink or where with he should be clothed. He wrote his editorials ... upon his knee, with two or three children about him, playing or crying as the humor took them ...