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Object Name Poster
Date 1863
Title Mass Meeting of the Citizens & Tax Payers of Richmond County
Description Printed broadside, black ink on paper. Inscription: "MASS MEETING OF THE / CITIZENS & TAX PAYERS / OF / RICHMOND COUNTY / At a Meeting of the Board of Supervisors, held on the 17th / September, 1863, the following Preamble and Resolutions / were unanimously adopted: / WHEREAS, the Board of Supervisors of Richmond County, by a resolution unanimously passed on the 9th day of / September, 1863, authorized the County Treasurer to raise by a loan upon the County Bonds, the sum of Seventy-five / Thousand Dollars, for the relief of such persons as are unable to comply with the provisions of the 'Act for calling out the / National Forces, &c.' And WHEREAS, some of the Tax Payers have expressed themselves as dissatisfied with the action / of the Supervisors. Therefore, RESOLVED, that a General Meeting of the Citizens and Tax Payers of the County, be called / on Saturday, the 19th inst., at 2 o'clock in the afternoon, at the Clifton Park, near Vanderbilt Landing, in the Town of / Southfield, for the purpose of taking the sense of the People of the County upon the said action of the Board of Supervisors, / and that all persons who have any objection to the action of the Board and are opposed to raising the Loan, be particularly / invited to attend such meeting and state their objections, in order that the Meeting may take such action as may be deemed / necessary. / In pursuance of the foregoing, the Citizens and Tax-payers of the County are requested / to meet at the time and place above stated. / A. WINANT, / Clerk, Board Supervisors. / G.B. DAVIS, / CHAIRMAN, Pro Tem. / FRANCIS & LOUTREL, Printers & Stationers, 45 Maiden Lane, N.Y." Handwritten on the mat below the broadside: "OLD COUNTY CLERKS RECORDS"
Ownership and History The meeting advertised by this document was planned in the aftermath of the historic New York draft riots of July 1863. The Conscription Act passed earlier that year instituted a national draft but allowed for the purchase of exemptions or substitutes, thus creating class tensions between those who could pay instead of serving in the military and those who lacked the funds to make that choice.

The document suggests that the county supervisors were planning to raise funds through a bond issue and use those funds to aid local families that were impacted by the draft. The text of the document suggests that some citizens were opposed to the plan.
Earliest Date 1863
Latest Date 1863
Maker Francis & Loutrel
Subjects Broadsides
Lexicon Sub-category Advertising Medium
Catalog Number P06.0019
Support Acknowledgment Online Collections Database record made possible by the Efron family in memory of Dr. Meryl Efron, July 2016.
Legal Status Items represented here are from the collections of the Staten Island Historical Society. Materials reproduced for personal non-commercial use must credit the Staten Island Historical Society. Commercial licensing is available.