THE POLITICAL BATTLE OF DORKING: SUPPOSED TO BE THE MEDITATIONS OF UNCLE HENRY DREW, OF BOW LAKE, STRAFFORD, POLITICIAN, PHILOSOPHER, PHILANTHROPIST, SAGE, SCHOLAR, AND STATESMAN, AT THE ADVANCED AGE OF A HUNDRED AND SEVENTEEN YEARS, IN THE YEAR OF OUR LORD 1935, ON THE DECLINE AND RISE OF THE REPUBLICAN PARTY OF NEW HAMPSHIRE, FIFTY YEARS BEFORE; THE CAUSES WHICH LED TO ITS OVERTHROW, AND THE POLICY UPON WHICH IT WAS RECONSTRUCTED AND REGAINED POWER; TOGETHER WITH INTERESTING PERSONAL REMINISCENCES. Strafford, N.H. Bow Lake Publishing Company. For Sale by C. F. Batchelder, Concord, N.H., n.d. . Octavo, pp. [1-3] 4-24, original salmon wrappers printed in black, string tied. First edition. Political satire with a veneer of speculative fiction, a look back from 1935 at the political and social ramifications of the Mugwump assisted return to power of the Democratic party; a number of New Hampshire political figures are mentioned by name. Among the predicted ramifications of the Democratic victory (aside from the usual liberal spending of tax dollars) is packing the Supreme Court and voiding the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments of the Constitution, depriving blacks of their citizenship, and granting pensions to Confederate soldiers and compensating the Southern states for their losses during the Civil War. (see pp. 18-21). This may have been written by C. F. Batchelder. The Batchelder family was prominent in New Hampshire and Massachusetts in the 1800s. THE BATTLE OF DORKING was a future-war fantasy published as a pamphlet in 1871, setting off a storm of sequels, rebuttals, counter rebuttals, etc. Old faint vertical mailing crease, a very good copy. (#155565).
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