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19th Century Name of the Day: Azariah Cutting Flagg by goosecommerce
February 23, 2009, 3:43 pm
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Azariah Cutting Flagg, NY editor and pol; Bucktailed Burnburning (anti-Hunker) Free Soiling Republican

(Why, what’s your sobriquet?)

um, yeah
A longtime force in the Democratic party in New York, Flagg managed to be included and/or lead most of the silly-sounding party factions in NY state. Flagg began as a member of the Bucktails faction of the Democratic-Republican Party, then became a straight Jacksonian Democrat, then a Barnburner (i.e. an enemy of the Hunkers). Wound up being a Free Soiler, and finally a Republican. His career basically tracks that of “the Little Magician,” Martin Van Buren, on the state level.

This exercise in confusion provided by Wikipedia, and the Papers of Martin Van Buren.

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Crazy Abolitionist Donuts by goosecommerce
February 22, 2009, 9:40 pm
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antislavery runs on dunkin'

… We doubt not, it will be highly gratifying to the members of the Twelfth District, and to the whole community to know, that Mr. Adams still considers it his duty to serve his country as long as his strength allows. He is admitted by all parties to be the greatest business man in our country, or, perhaps, in the world. WHo so able as he? Who so well versed in international law? Who so punctual and constant in his seat, in the discharge of every duty devolving upon him, as JOHN QUINCY ADAMS? In a word, who does not wish him to be a public man as long as he shall live? When he shall cease to represent our Distrcit, or when he shall fall by the all-conquering scythe of time, there will have fallen a great man in our American Israel.”

~The Quincy Patriot, as reprinted in the The Liberator (Boston, MA), 3 Dec 1841

Okay, I’m not going to get into the wealth of interesting stuff here, but rather will confine myself to two observations:

Sycophant much? Way to get into your local congressman’s good graces, small-town newspaper in the town named after his great-grandfather. Jeesh.

Future tip: don’t mention his impending demise.

Interesting use of the term “business man,” eh? I’m not sure when the term lost its connotation of “public servant,” and began to only reference the vague occupational category firmly rooted in the private economic sphere. Probably about this time, I’d expect.

Bonus: Wikipedia tells me that Quincy, in addition to hosting various Adams’s, was also the home of other (to outsiders, equally noxious) New England institutions: Dunkin’ Donuts, HoJo’s, and the Dropkick Murphy’s.

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Selected headlines from the “North American and Daily Advertiser” (Philadelphia, PA) by goosecommerce
February 19, 2009, 2:52 pm
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These are not, by any stretch, all of the headlines on JQA; there are many, many more.


MR. J. Q. ADAMS is valiently defending the right of petition in Congress, regardless of the lampoonery of politicians and newspaper presses, Saturday, June 26, 1841

During the recent session of Congress, I have received numerous invitations from Colleges, Lyceums, and other Literary Associations, some of them in distant parts of the country, to deliver before them Lectures, Addresses, or Discourses on topics suitable to the respective institutions (Letter to the editor) John Quincy Adams
Saturday, September 25, 1841

The Southern Literary Messenger for October contains two short poems form the pen of the venerable Adams, written for young ladies, published by permission, and both bearing date the same day
Thursday, October 14, 1841

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS still retains his mental and physical vigor unimpaired
Thursday, October 21, 1841

In the Matters in Controversy between Mr. Adams and His Accusers, He Seems to Occupy an Impregnable Position (Letter to the editor) Fenelon
Tuesday, February 01, 1842

JOHN QUINCY ADAMS is said to be the most industrious man in Congress, and we can readily believe it
Thursday, February 03, 1842

J. Q. Adams
Tuesday, February 08, 1842

Mr. Adams in the Great Debate
Wednesday, February 09, 1842

Hon. John Quincy Adams
Friday, February 25, 1842

Mr. Adams draws very painful conclusion from the portentous aspect of European affairs
Tuesday, July 26, 1842

The following is given as an accurate account of the domestic habits of John Quincy Adams, one of the most eminent of living Statesman
Tuesday, May 02, 1843

Mr. Adams at Home
Monday, August 07, 1843

The following lines, written by Mr. Adams in the Album of a young lady, are published for the first times in the Saturday Emportium of last week
Tuesday, May 05, 1846

MR. ADAMS’ OBSEQUIES, at Washington to-day, will doubtless be a mournful pageant
Saturday, February 26, 1848

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And to top it off, TMBG won’t write him a song by goosecommerce
February 19, 2009, 12:44 pm
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it's just a wonky eye! lay off
JOHN QUINCY ADAMS is lecturing in Boston, on the cause of the Chinese War, and defends the policy of England towards China. The destruction of a few chests of opium, he said, was no more the cause of the war with China, than the throwing overboard of a few chests of tea was the case of the war of the American revolution, and he seemed to imply that one war was quite as righteous as the other! He denied them the right to exclude other nations from the reciprocal rights of trade, to establish a humiliating monopoly through their Hong merchants, and to demand from all foreign ambassadors the degrading ceremony of the Kou-tou, viz: knocking the forehead nine times on the ground in approaching the Emperor. This Kou-tou, he contended, was the cause of the war, and not, as many people falsely supposed, the opium question. The old man must be getting out of his senses.”

~Cleveland Daily Herald (Cleveland, OH), 30 November 1841

Oh, I love the way the editors can figure out who they hate on more:

(a) grammar mavens and other sticklers for consistent tense use (seriously)
(b) The Chinese ( “humiliating monopoly,” “degrading ceremony,” “knocking the forehead”)
(c) The British: (implied; public opinion was solidly anti-drug war, at the time)
(d) JQA (“The old man must be getting out of his senses”)

Extra bonus points: the database’s OCR for this article was a bit off, so the title of the article reads as “Joan Quincy Adams is lecturing in Boston…”

Guy just can’t catch a break, I mean seriously.

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