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Otsego Herald

March 13, 2014

British Attack in North


Electioneering Rules

Letter from Mr. Dexter. To the Electors of Massachusetts.

The delicate propriety established by usages, in our country, forbids that a man standing as a candidate for office, should address the electors. If the Subscriber had consented to be placed in that situation, this rule would bind him to silence.— Though he answered while at home, that he was not a candidate for office, republican newspapers in the vicinity of government [Boston], where he now is, have published an opposite statement....

The principal subjects, on which politicians at present divide, are the system of restriction on our commerce, and the war with G. Britain. On the former, the writer differs radically from the party called republican, and he chuses they should know it.

At the same time he is utterly unable to reconcile some of the leading measures of the federalists, as to the hold sacred the union of his country.... It is this opinion, probably, that has produced the singular fact of his being nominated for the first office [i.e., Governor] in the Commonwealth by a political party to which he does not belong.... Washington, Feb. 14, 1814.

COMMENT: Samuel Dexter (1761-1816), of Boston, had been a Federalists Congressman and Senator between 1795 and 1800, after which he served in the Cabinet of Federalist President John Adams. He ran unsuccessfully for Governor of Massachusetts in 1816, just before his death. This item is interesting in stating the standard practice of political candidates in early America to refrain from any personal electioneering, and to remain silently at home while their supporters campaigned for them.

Prisoner of War Revolt

Chilicothe, (Ohio) Feb. 15.... On Friday last, information...was received...that the British prisoners encamped in this neighborhood, had laid a plan to rescue their officers from the custody of the marshal, and with them to force their way to Canada.... It had been decided that the [men] the night seize their [guards’] arms, after releasing their officers to set fire to the town, and then proceed to some part of the British dominions....

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