Hallucinatory Nativism — The Inventor of Morse Code
Morse, Samuel Finley Breese. Foreign conspiracy against the liberties of the United States: the numbers of Brutus, originally published in the New-York Observer. New York: Leavitt, Lord, & Co. ... G. & C. Carvill & Co.; Boston: Crocker & Brewster, 1835. 16mo (15.7 cm; 6.25"). 188 pp.
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Vicious anti-Catholic conspiracy theory “revised and corrected with notes” after previous newspaper publication. Specifically focused onthe Jesuits, this work discusses the Saint Leopold Foundation, immigration, Pope Gregory XVI, the potential creation of an Anti-Popery Union, and more before ending with a chapter covering “The Political duty of American citizens at this crisis.”
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Morse (1791–1872), son of influential American geographer and Calvinist minister Jedidiah Morse, was a painter before working with others to invent the single-wire telegraph system and Morse code following his wife's unexpected death — of which he, travelling, received news “too late.”
Provenance: Signature of William Ingraham Kip dated on April 1836 on front pastedown; a later bookplate notes he donated the volume to the Parish Library of St. Peter's Church in Morristown, NJ.
American Imprints 33142 (wrong page count); Sabin 50961. Publisher's hunter green pebbled cloth with printed paper spine label; rubbed, cloth splitting on front joint, some loss of paper. Ex-library and provenance markings as above, Morse's name added to the title-page in pencil; a few leaves spotted, pages unevenly cut, light age-toning and moderate foxing. (36840)
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