Street talk about an ordinance of councils passed the 11th July, 1844, organizing a military force for the government of Philadelphia.
OA F158.44 .I91 1844 22 p. ; 21 cm. Attributed to Charles Ingersoll. Sabin, 62297. AI, 44-5939. NUC, 1000604. The Ordinance was a response to Philadelphia's most recent anti-Catholic riot. The Protestant and Nativist press claimed "the Irish and Catholics had attacked American citizens," and an official investigation blamed the Irish Catholics for the riot. But Know-Nother Protestants "burned a fire-house, churches, and homes, had sent cannon balls hurtling against a house of worship, had killed militiamen and Irish citizens." -From Beals Brass-Knuckle Crusade, The Great Know-Nothing Conspiracy, 88. The author of this pamphlet charges that, "the gentlemen entrusted with governing us" were "the conservator of the peace -- it was their place and business, during the riots, as at all other times, to guard and protect us, and owing to the curious fact which the late events so glaringly developed, that they have no police, and could not protect us against even the most impudent breaches of order, they had become the butt of every sort of unkind and complaining criticism." Villanova copy inscribed on title page : "H.M. Phillips Esqr with C. Ingersoll's Complts." Cover title.
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