Charles G. Bellamy papers  1842-1860
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The Charles G. Bellamy papers consist primarily of Bellamy's incoming correspondence, mainly concerning his political career in the Maine legislature and national Democratic Party politics in the 1840s and 1850s. The earliest item in the collection is a manuscript copy of a deed between Piscataqua Bank and Portsmouth Bank, dated March 11, 1842. The remainder of the material is related to Bellamy and to local and national politics immediately preceding the Civil War. A selection of letters from 1846 regard state politics and Bellamy's candidacy for the Maine Senate; these are accompanied by a printed circular letter from William T. Johnson, announcing the roster of the 1846 state legislature, which included Bellamy (May 1, 1846). Several other writers referred specifically to issues affecting the state government, and, on a few occasions, mentioned the policies and actions of future vice-president Hannibal Hamlin, often in opposition to his opinions. Isaac Chadbourne, an ardent Democrat, was a frequent correspondent in the mid-1850s, who believed that James Buchanan would be elected in 1856: "If Mr. Buchanan lives till the 4 of March 1857 on that day he will be inaugurated president of the United States that much is settled" (June 25, 1855). Later, he retained his interest in the election, and frequently traveled to Washington, D. C., in an attempt to assist Bellamy secure a position as Inspector of Timber at Portsmouth Navy Yard. On February 28, 1860, he wrote at length on the Kansas-Nebraska Act, "Black Republicans," and the era's tumultuous politics. The collection holds one additional document, a printed copy of a Maine "Act additional concerning Electors and Elections," about foreign-born citizens' right to vote (April 10, 1856).

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