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CHAUNCEY KNAPP
 
In 1843; he moved to Lowell, Massachusetts and became editor of the Middlesex Standard [Liberty Party newspaper], later he became editor of the Lowell Citizen and News. His interested in politics continues and Knapp became Clerk of the Massachusetts State Senate in 1851.  In 1854, Chauncey Knapp, ran as an anti-slavery Free Soiler and was elected overwhelmingly to Congress as a member of the American Party (the only major party with an anti-slavery plank) to the Thirty-fourth Congress. Shorty after, the Republication Party (the party of Abraham Lincoln) was formed with an anti-slavery plank. Knapp left the American Party and joined the Republican Party and was again overwhelmingly elected to the Thirty-fifth Congress 1855-1859.  During the heated slavery debates in Congress, Senator Charles Sumner of Massachusetts was severely beaten by Congressmen Prescott Brooks of South Carolina on May 22, 1856. In response, Congressmen Knapp delivered a speech on the floor of the House that was absolutely stunning.  In 1859, Knapp left Congress and became editor of the Lowell Daily Citizen from 1859-1882.  He is buried in the Lowell Cemetery. Knapp Avenue leading from Rogers Street into the Lowell Cemetery is named for Congressman Chauncey L. Knapp.
  
 
UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS LOWELL
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LOWELL HISTORICAL SOCIETY
CONGRESSMAN CHAUNCEY L. KNAPP SCRAPBOOK


PAGE 1-2         NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

Page 1-2            May 28, 1879 – William Lloyd Garrison’s Funeral, Address by Wendell Phillips
Page 2               April 23, 1882 – “Chinese Crusade” by Rev. James Freeman Clarke
Page 2               May 28, 1879 – William Lloyd Garrison’s Funeral, Address by Lucy Stone
Page 2               May 28, 1879 – William Lloyd Garrison’s Funeral, Address by Rev. S. Johnson

PAGE 3          NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

Page 3               April 1882 – Lowell Daily Citizen “Hon. Joseph Poland Retires”
Page 3               undated – Boston Traveller “Masonic Mysteries”
Page 3               undated - Last Poem written by Henry W. Longfellow
Page 3               undated – “The Poet and the Children” by John G. Whittier
Page 3               undated - Via Solitaria unpublished poem by Henry W. Longfellow w/articles by H.M. Goodwin

PAGE 4-5         NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

Page 4                March 29, 1882 – Lowell Daily Citizen “Announcement” Lowell Daily and Weekly will be assumed 
                           by a stock company under the name of Citizen Newspaper Company
Page 4-5             April 1, 1882 – Lowell Daily Citizen “Parting Words” regarding newspaper changeover
Page 5                April 3, 1882 – Lowell Daily Citizen “Salutatory” regarding advanced stages in the newspaper business
Page 5                April 12, 1882 – Watchman and Journal “An Honorable Record” regarding Chauncey L. Knapp
                           retirement
Page 5                April 1882 – Lowell Daily Citizen “Chauncey L. Knapp” regarding his newspaper career

PAGE 6-7         NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Longfellow Gems – Words of Wisdom”
                           February 3, 1885 – “An Extract” regarding Municipal Women’s Suffrage Laws”
                           1881 – Vermont Watchman “Mrs. Chauncey L. Knapp (Fanny Carter)”
                           1881 – Citizen “Editorial Comment on Paid Vacations”

PAGE 8-9         NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Holmes to Longfellow – An Eloquent Tribute to the Dead Poet Addresses” at the meeting 
                           of the Historical Society
                           undated – “A Proclamation For A Day of Public Thanksgiving/Praise”

PAGE 10         NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           May 11 – “To Major General Dix Regarding War Update”
                           undated – Obituary:  Frank O. Bradt
                           undated – Obituary:  Selina Bayley Bradt

PAGE 11-27      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           August 1, 1867 – American Citizen “Vacation Rambles and Notes of Travel”

PAGE 28-29      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Emerson Reminiscences”
                           undated – “Growing Old” by Vandyke Brown

PAGE 30-33      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           May 13, 1867 – “Jefferson Davis and the Proceedings at Richmond”

PAGE 33-35      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           1882 – New York “Webster and the Issues of 1850”

PAGE 36          MANUSCRIPT

                           October 1, 1856 – Vote at Concord; Nomination of two Parties

PAGE 37-39       MANUSCRIPT/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – Vermont Watchman “The Notable Banquet”
                           October 1856 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from C.W. Bull

PAGE 40          DOCUMENT/MANUSCRIPT

                           Chauncey L. Knapp, Editor, Lowell Citizen. Lowell, Massachusetts
                           Business card – George P. Marsh
                           Hungarian Fund One Dollar

PAGE 41         NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           December 28, 1878 – Lowell Daily Citizen “Lowell Newspapers – Old Bound and Preserved”

PAGE 42-47      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           July 1, 1875 – American Citizen “Press Excursion to Niagara and Back”

PAGE 44         MAGAZINE CARTOON/ILLUSTRATION

                           Editorial Chair of “The New York Tribune” by Putnam’s Magazine Illustration of Warrington, 
                           autographed

PAGE 48-49      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           August 28, 1890 – “Letters from Pennsylvania by Simeon Burt”
                           1883 – “Tewksbury Alms House” Mrs. Leonard’s Report
                           undated – Boston Commonwealth “Mr. Thompson’s Visits”
                           undated – New York Tribune “Alexander Hamilton Stephens”

PAGE 50-51      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           February 7, 1885 – Boston Journal “Past and Present 1852-1885 – Are We A Nation?”
                           undated – “French Claims – Summary” by Charles W. Stack
                           undated –  Boston Commonwealth “Schuyler Colfax Dropped Dead”
                           1885 – “Terrible Weather” Blizzard at Marquette, Michigan

PAGE 52           ILLUSTRATION

                           “Wisconsin Fish Hatchery” Fitchburg near Madison, Wisconsin

PAGE 53           NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           1884 – Boston Commonwealth “General Grant’s Health”
                           1884 – Boston Commonwealth “Captain Isaiah Rynders’ death”
                           1884 – Boston Commonwealth “In the Asylums and Poorhouses”
                           1884 – Boston Commonwealth “Arnold’s Farewell Lecture”
                           1884 – Lowell Times “Benjamin F. Butler” 

PAGE 54-55      ADVERTISEMENT/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           Advertisement – “A. Knapp and Sons…Lumber, Shingles…N.Y.”
                           1884 – “Wendell Phillips Memorial”
                           1891 – Boston Globe “Lowell Post Office Building”
                           undated – “General Grant’s Darkest Day”
                           undated – “James Russell Lowell”
                           undated – “The Old Man Dreams”
                           undated – “Sketch of Olive Wendell Holmes”

PAGE 56          BROCHURE

                           Turn On The Gas; or Democracy Illuminated

PAGE 57          NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – Boston Herald “Chinese Bill; Need for Department of Agriculture”
                           undated – “Grandma’s Angel” a poem
                           undated – “Lowell Manufactures”
                           undated – “Planting of Roses”
                           undated – “Total Abstinence” at the annual meeting of Massachusetts Association

PAGE 58          NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           February 28, 1885 – Boston Journal “Twenty-Four Years in Power”

PAGE 59          NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/SPEECH

                           undated – John A. Logan’s Paper
                           undated – Speech by Hon. Owen Lovejoy, Illinois 

PAGE 60-61      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           1884 – “Wealthy Widows, Dead Millionaires’ Wives in New York Who Pay Taxes but Cannot Vote”
                           undated – “The Duty Of The True Patriot”
                           undated – “Southern Education”
                           undated – “Woman Suffrage” at the annual; meeting of New England Association

PAGE 62-63      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Passage of the Blair Educational Bill by the Senate”
                           undated – Rebellion Echoes – Burnside’s “Mud March”

PAGE 64-65      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           August 12, 1884 – “Benjamin F. Butler after Chicago”
                           undated – Essex Statesmen “The Long Line of Able Representatives”

PAGE 66-67      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           March 20, 1884 – “James H. Spalding, Manchester, NH”
                           undated – “Governor Cleveland’s Utterance on the Liquor Question”
                           undated – “Mr. Beecher’s Opinion of Cleveland”
                           undated – “The Poet-Physician, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes Banqueted in New York” 

PAGE 68-69      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “John A. Andrew, The Great War Governor of Massachusetts”
                           undated – “Webster” Announcement of the Webster Historical Society’s intention to observe this 
                              great man.

PAGE 70-72      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Banquet” given to Judge Lowell, Judge Lowell’s Speech, Governor Robinson, 
                              Judge Devens Responds, Mayor Martin, Dr. Oliver Wendell Holmes

PAGE 72-73      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           1875 – “Three Score and Ten Society” Stowe, Vermont
                           1884 – Boston Globe “Blarney of the Boston Globe prior to Cleveland’s Nomination”
                           undated – “An Eloquent Passage”
                           undated – “Electoral Votes”
                           undated – “Air Bath”
                           undated – “The Rum Curse”

PAGE 74-75      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           1884 – “An Issue of the Canvass”
                           January 19, 1885 – “Women’s Rights” Washington, DC
                           1885 – “Tribute to Senator Anthony”
                           undated – “Biliousness”

PAGE 76-77      PROGRAMME/STATEMENT

                           Programme:  Merchant’s Week Statement – A Brief Statement of the Unitarian Faith

PAGE 78-79      NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Caledonia County, Fellow Apprentices, Oliver Johnson”
                           undated – “Testing the Purity of Drinking Water”
                           undated – “What a Little Farm Will Do”

PAGE 80-81      CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS 

                           May 28 – “General Bank’s Colleagues in Thirty Fourth Congress, New York”
                           July 11, 1891 – “The Mortality of Lowell”
                           December 29 – “Four Score Years Devoted to the Science of Politics” by Hon. William E. Gladstone, 
                              London
                           undated – “The Italian Episode”
                           July 16, 1857 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from Jefferson, Ohio

PAGE 82          MANUSCRIPT

                           May 23, 1856 – Note to Chauncey L. Knapp from Hon. Charles Sumner, Detroit, MI

PAGE 83          NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/REMARKS

                           1854 – “Lowell Voting Polls”
                           undated – “The Largest Apple Tree in The Country”
                           undated – “Sketch of the late John Roach”
                           May 9-10, 1879 – “Remarks of Hon. Zachariah Chandler” Michigan

PAGE 84-85      CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Bill Concerning Original Packages Debated”
                           undated – “Senator Hoar’s Property”
                           January 4, 1856 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from the Office of the American Abolition Society

PAGE 86          NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           August 14, 1856 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from Agent, Hamilton Print Works regarding 
                              Knapp’s speech defending Senator Charles Sumner

PAGE 87          CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           August 17, 1880 – “Nantucket” by Off Islander
                           November 7, 1888 – The Herald “Circulation Count”
                           undated – “Influence of Food on Health”
                           undated – “The Washington Monument”

PAGE 88-89      CORRESPONDENCE

                           September 25, 1857 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from James B. Francis
                           November 28, 1857 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from Middlesex Mechanics Association

PAGE 90          SKETCHES OF GOVERNMENT BUILDINGS (3) - 1886 

PAGE 91          PROGRAMME

                           November 29, 1875 – Programme: Life and Character of Henry Wilson 

PAGE 92-93      MANUSCRIPTS/PROGRAMMES

                           1856 – Manuscript: Mileage Lowell to Washington
                           March 4, 1859 – Manuscript Receipt: 4 weeks board in Washington
                           March 16, 1874 – Programme: Hymns and Music at Funeral of Sumner
                           June 9, 1874 – Programme: Life and Character of Charles Sumner
                           August 8, 1885 – Programme: Grant Memorial Exercises

PAGE 94-95      SKETCHES/WILL AND TESTAMENT

                           Sketch of Elam R. Jewett and his residence
                           1843 – Will and Testament of Nathaniel Bosworth

PAGE 96            CORRESPONDENCE

                           March 21, 1874 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from E.R. Hoar, Washington, DC

PAGE 97-98      MANUSCRIPT/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/RESOLVE

                           undated – “Frederick Douglass, A Unique Character”
                           Memoranda regarding Congressional District towns and cities along Merrimack River and notes 
                              of nominations/elections
                           1855 – Resolves concerning Naturalization/Nationalizing General Government

PAGE 99            NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Grant’s Words”
                           undated – Rochester Post Express “Boatmen and the Bee”

PAGE 100-102  CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “The Last Resort”
                           Letter to His Excellency Smith from Jefferson Davis (incl. sketch of Mrs. Belva A. Lockwood)

PAGE 103          ARTICLE/CORRESPONDENCE 

                           “The Nonsense of It” by Thomas Wentworth Higginson
                           January 26, 1859 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from O.H. Perry
                           March 14, 1885 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from D.L. Dawes

PAGE 104-105  CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPING

                           December 24, 1890 – Vermont Watchman “Hon. E.P. Walton Dead”
                           December 7, 1857 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from S. Rodman

PAGE 106-107  CORRESPONDENCE/ORATION/RESOLVES

                           October 1890 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp regarding attending a meeting in Washington, DC
                           June 14, 1876 – “Oration in Old South Meeting House” by Wendell Phillips
                           Postcard to Chauncey L. Knapp from Ithaca, NY regarding Cocagne
                           May 11, 1855 – Resolves concerning the French Spoliations
                           March 2, 1855 – Resolves concerning the Repeal of the Missouri Compromise

PAGE 108-109  POEM/RESOLVES

                           July 4, 1878 – Poem read at reunion of Massachusetts Press Association
                           April 3, 1855 – Resolves concerning Fugitive Slave Act of 1850

PAGE 110-111  CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPERCLIPPING/RESOLVES 

                           undated – “Three Questions about Happiness”
                           November 15, 1838 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from Abel
                           May 30, 1856 – Resolves concerning Relation to Territory of Kansas

PAGE 112-113  NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/ORDER OF PROCEEDINGS

                           undated – Obituary: Mrs. Annis Crawford Burnham
                           undated – Obituary: Judge Lynde
                           May 8, 1858 – Order of Proceedings for Funeral of Hon. Josiah J. Evans

PAGE 114-115  MEMOROBILIA/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           March 17, 1888 – “Description of Block of Model Tenement on Moody Street” by Chauncey L. Knapp
                           undated – Southern Polly
                           Memorabilia – Ribbon “O.R.H.A. 1836”

PAGE 116-117  DISCOURSE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           1890 – Total Population of Massachusetts by Counties (towns and cities)
                           undated – “Mr. Reed’s Position”
                           February 17, 1856 – Discourse on “Spiritual Liberty” by Norman Conway

PAGE 118-119  CORRESPONDENCE

                           July 26, 1836 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from George F. Richardson

PAGE 120-121  CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated –Three Lowell Citizen Editors 1856-1885: J.A. Goodwin, Chauncey L. Knapp, and 
                              H.J. Moulton
                           January 21, 1888 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from A. Cragin

PAGE 122-123  NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/SPEECH

                           undated – Obituary: Elijah Carter
                           undated – Obituary: Mrs. Anna M. Carter
                           undated – Speech by Hon. Robert B. Hall on Assault on Senator Charles Sumner

PAGE 124-125  NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS 

                           January 10, 1887 – Biographical Sketch and Obituary: Elam R. Jewett

PAGE 126-127  INVITATION/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/RESOLVES

                           undated – “General Grant’s Relics”
                           August 8, 1885 – Invitation to Grant Memorial Exercises
                           May 29, 1856 – Resolves concerning the Recent Assault on Senator Charles Sumner

PAGE 128-129  NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Great War Governor’s Views”
                           undated – “The Poet of The Merrimack”
                           undated – “What Protestants Say of the Pope’s Encyclical”

PAGE 130-131  BLANK PAGES

PAGE 132-135  NEWSPAPER CLIPPING/ ILLUSTRATIONS OF GENERALS

                           undated – “Saloons and hard Times”
                           Illustrations of Generals:  Lincoln, Scott, Welles, Grant, Wool, Stanton, Sherman, Anderson, Johnson,
                              Cochrane, Dix, Carson, Porter,  Baker, Ellsworth, Meagher, Melroy, Sheridan, Fremont, Hooker, 
                              Jameson, Foote, Meade, Brooks, King, Banks, McClellan, Hancock, Thomas, Sedgwick, Shields, 
                              Doubleday, Kelley,  Slocum, by L. Prang and Company

PAGE 136-137  CORRESPONDENCE/NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS

                           undated – “Journalistic Reminiscences” by Hon. Chauncey L. Knapp
                           January 22, 1857 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from William Nyman

PAGE 138-139  NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/ ILLUSTRATIONS OF GENERALS 

                           undated – Woman Suffrage
                           Illustrations of Generals:  Duryee, Halleck, Kearney, Wilkes by L. Prang and Company

PAGE 140-141  SPEECH

                           July 12, 1856 – Speech by Hon. Chauncey L. Knapp on Assault on Senator Charles Sumner

PAGE 142-143  CORRESPONDENCE/ ILLUSTRATIONS OF GENERALS

                           January 3, 1858 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from Huntington
                           Illustrations of Generals:  Mitchell, Slocum, Butler, Pope, Brownlow, McClelland, Sprague, Mansfield,
                              Casey, Lyon, Burnside, Franklin, Ord, Sigel, McDowell, Keyes, Osterhaus, Heintzelman by L. Prang 
                              and Company

PAGE 144-146  NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/ ILLUSTRATIONS OF GENERALS

                            undated – Beecher On Grant, Memorial Service/Tremont Temple
                            Illustrations of Generals:  Martindale, Sickles, Butterfield, Curtis Farragut, Couch, Corcoran by L. 
                              Prang and Company

PAGE 147          MANUSCRIPT

                           Manuscript regarding votes

PAGE 148-149  NEWSPAPER CLIPPINGS/ILLUSTRATIONS OF GENERALS

                           undated – Oliver Johnson 75th Birthday
                           Illustrations of Generals:  Morell, Landers, Mulligan, Hunter, Rosecrans, Wadsworth, Berdan, 
                              Richardson by L. Prang and Company

PAGE 150-151  MANUSCRIPT/CALLING CARD

                           1854 – Informal Ballot, Second, and Final Ballot
                           Calling card – Chauncey L. Knapp
                           Also written:  “Sam Chapin’s Ballot 1854”

PAGE 152         ILLUSTRATIONS OF GOVERNMENT SECRETARIES

                           Illustration:  President Cleveland’s Cabinet:  Thomas F. Bayard, Secretary of State; Daniel Manning, 
                              Secretary of Treasury; Lucius Q.C. Lamar, Secretary of Interior; William Endicott, Secretary of War; 
                              Augustus H. Garland, Attorney General; William F. Vilas, Postmaster General; William C. Whitney, 
                              Secretary of Navy

NO PAGE         LOOSE ITEMS 

                           April 10, 1855 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from Senator Charles Sumner
                           August 13, 1869 – Letter to Chauncey L. Knapp from Horace Greeley
                           September 1889 – Newsletter “The Letter Sheet”
                           Newspaper Clippings – Obituaries
                           Newspaper Clippings – Probate Court Listings
                           Plan – “House of Representative” and “Senate Chambers”
    

 
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