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[Printed Circular re Mexican Revolution], 11 April 1833, signed in print by William Drayton, Daniel E. Huger, and Benj[amin] F. Pepoon, Charleston, S.C.
Printed manuscript, 11 April 1833, circular signed in print by William Drayton, Daniel E. Huger, and Benj[amin] F. Pepoon, Charleston, relates an incident during Mexico's struggle for independence from Spain when "the Army of [Vincente] Guerrero attacked and plundered the houses of the European Spaniards" and "Many of these persons had taken refuge in the house of the American Ambassador." The soldiers followed and were prepared to attack when "Mr. [Joel Roberts] Poinsett, with his Secretary of Legation, Mr. John Mason, Jr., threw themselves into an open balcony...and unfurling the STAR-SPANGLED BANNER, demanded that all persons in this house should be protected while the flag of his country waved over them."

The circular explains that "sectional excitements, at present existing among the States, are obliterating national feelings" and proposes that the scene should be "represented on canvas and afterwards engraved" so that "the Flag of our Country may wave in every house, in every cottage, even in every log-house beyond the Mountains; that our children may learn...to love and reverence the emblem of their country's power, and may realize that it is their guardian and protector, not only on their native soil, but in a land of strangers." It further solicits contributions to be transmitted to the joint address of Drayton, Huger, and Pepoon.


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