"The Little Magician Invoked"

Martin Van Buren is shown in the center of this cartoon summoning spirits from the smoke of his pipe to help win elections. He addresses the spirits saying: "Spirits white and Gray appear! appear! / my call attend! my power revere! / Their destiny the Locos ask / Apply ye to the mighty Task!" The first spirit says: "Loco-Focos! desperate Chaps. / Make your speech & draw your Caps! / You've had your day--you've had free scope / And hanged yourselves with your own rope!" The second spirit says: "When Arnold rises form the Tomb / To receive a Traitors doom! / When Yankee Children bear his name / And all are proud of Arnolds Fame! / Then Tyler shall his honors share, / And keep the Presidential chair!" The third spirit states: "When the stars fall from above. / When the Globe shall cease to move, / When flowers grow amid the snow / And Lions fear the timid Roe. / When Lawyers shall refuse a feel / And misers pray for poverty /Till then, you'll find that many folk, / Will never vote for Master Polk! / Till then, they'd swing upon the Gallows / Before they'd vote for Master Dallas!" Democratic nominees James Polk and George Dallas stand at the right. Polk says: "By Heavens! these words remind me of the dream I had when I first heard of my nomination!" Dallas prepares to flee saying, "I'll get out of this scrape as quick as possible Texas wont save us!" Andrew Jackson stands at the left swing his cane and stating: "By the Eternal! you old Hags! if I get hold of you, I'll hang you all up under the 7th section as I did Arbuthnot and Ambisiserter!" Alexander Arbuthnot and Robert Ambrister were Englishmen hung during the Florida campaign in 1818, for helping the Seminole Indians.

Date:
1844
Original Format:
Cartoon
Item#:
8.070
Height:
2111px
Width:
2842px
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