Kelley, Willaim Darrah. THE FINANCES WASHINGTON CORRESPONDENCE OF THE PHILADELPHIA PRESS, GIVING THE VIEWS OF THE HON. WM. D. KELLEY TO THE PHILADELPHIA PRESS, NOVEMBER 4, 1873.
Philadelphia: Henry Carey Baird, Industrial Publisher, 1873. Pamphlet; 16 pp. Stabbed and tied at inner margin. Small tear at top of final leaf with a loss of 3 letters in the headline. William Darrah Kelley (1814–1890), one of the founders of the Republican party. An abolitionist and such a staunch believer in tariffs that he allegedly refused to wear any imported clothing. Kelley was controversial because he favored an expansion of the national currency during the depression of the 1870s. To eastern critics, that proved that he was a communist, “an outcast — a madman. Nobody owns him,” said one reporter. These speeches detail his position on U.S. Government finances in the early 1870’s. At the time of these speeches — 1873 — Kelley was embroiled in the huge Crédit Mobilier scandal, in which it was alleged that he received dividends from stock he never paid for. At the time of cataloguing, no other copies for sale.
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