• Newburyport, MA, Opposed War of 1812, Angered President Madison, Celebrates War's End With Bell Ringing

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    CALEB PUTNAM was born in Danvers, MA, on November 24, 1763 and died in Newburyport, MA, on March 6, 1826.  He and his wife, Abigail, had ten children. He had the privilege of being Newburyport’s Town Bell Ringer of Newburyport, MA, during the War of 1812, which was the contemporary method of alerting the town to news.


    Many people in New England were strongly opposed to the War of 1812 because the embargo with Britain restricted trade.  Northern newspapers frequently referred to the war as “Mr. Madison’s War.”  The ending of the war in 1815 was met with jubilation especially among merchants who were dependent on trade with Britain.


    Offering a 6 x 6 ½ document signed by Putnam as having received payment for “Ringing at the Return of Peace $1.50 ” celebrating the end of the War of 1812 at Newburyport April 4, 1815.  The additional fee for Putnam ringing the bell from December 10th to March 10th was $9.  Putnam has signed the order as having received the payment.  Nice original docketing on verso: “Caleb Putnam’s bill, ringing bell from Dec. 16th to March 16th 1815 $9, for Peace $1.50.”


    Very fine example of War of 1812 Americana by a town that was candidly opposed to the war.


    Irregular left margin and a small chip to the top. Else excellent and very readable.


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