Printer's Devil's Complaint 1834

Correction.--A correspondent of the Vermont Free Press publishes a couple of flat jokes, of three lines each, which he says he offered for publication to the Messenger, and the Inquirer. He adds, "I went into the Inquirer office---the editor was out, but the boy told me 'he guessed I hadn't better be at the trouble to look him up, for they didn't print any thing but religion in their paper.'" On so grave a charge, we consulted our devil and he denies all knowledge of the affair. He is in great indignation at the affront put upon him, and says "he never told the loafer we printed nothing but religion;" he says "he might have told him we printed nought but the truth, and that's more than can be said of the Free Press. If he's for a bit of a row, let him come on--I reckon I've got a pair of knock down arguments that'll settle the hash pretty quick."---He puts himself in a belligerent posture and pauses for a reply.

A Proclamation.

Whereas certain ex's, together with Tray, Skip, Spot, Goose and Giant, are prying into the concerns of my dominion, and seeking to learn when my subjects work and what they do, and why they publish such infidel religious subjects, &c. &c. &c. &c. This is to notify them that their conversation is not desirable to me, nor will they learn much by their indecent inquiries, unless perchance they get marked in my wrath.--If they continue in the character of inquisitors, I will order them "exflunctified," and cast them out of the synagogue and they shall ride out of my dominions on a streak of lightning---do you take?

Printer's Devil.

Independent Inquirer, August 2, 1834 and September 6, 1834.

This decade was called "the Golden Age of American invective".


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