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Settin' on a Rail.

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Date made: 1837
Maker: Robinson, Henry R.; Clay, Edward Williams
Place: New York, New York
Image size: Image: 9 3/4 x 15 5/8 in.; 24.765 x 39.6875 cm
ID number: DL*60.3481
Negative number: 2003-19890


Description:

Black and white print of Martin Van Buren straddling a rail fence. Men on both sides of the fence, representing the radical and conservative Democrats tug on his arms. Major Jack Downing, in civilian clothes, observes from the far right. Thomas Hart Benton is under the dialog box that reads "Solitary and alone I still cry Gold!" Other men at the right speak for "spoils" and "well regulated monopolies" while a man at the left waves a "Letter to Sherrod Williams" which represents Van Buren's platform in the campaign of 1836 where he favored a currency largely composed of gold. Additional dialog and phrases appear on the print.