Photo, Print, Drawing Matty taking his second bath in Salt River

[ digital file from b&w film copy neg. ]

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Title
Matty taking his second bath in Salt River
Summary
A satire published before the Democratic convention, predicting would-be presidential nominee Martin Van Buren's second "bath in Salt River" (the first one being his unsuccessful bid for reelection in 1840). On the left bank of "Salt River," a colloquialism for political failure or misfortune, Whigs Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and two unidentified men combine strength to pull a fox with Van Buren's head from the opposite bank and into the water. The "Kinderhook fox," as Van Buren was known, loses his footing. He has been supported by (left to right) incumbent President John Tyler, Tyler's son Robert, Senator Thomas Hart Benton, and an unidentified fourth man. Tyler has had ahold of the fox's tail, which has just come off in his hands, and all collapse in a heap. Clay taunts Van Buren, "Walk up, Matty this is only the Sober second thought of the people." "Sober second thoughts" was a catch-phrase in the 1840 campaign, referring to Van Buren's desertion by working-class supporters. (See "Sober Second Thoughts," no. 1838-15). Van Buren pleads with Tyler, "Hold on, hard, Tyler: for I have been so deep in Salt River once that I shiver at the thought of another sousing." Tyler: "Oh! cursed luck! There is nothing left me but your tail! Is this the way you reward your devoted friends? I wish you had kept it!" Robert Tyler (a poet): "No matter, father, I'll use them up in a poem of 50 Cantos." Benton, as "Mint Drops" (i.e., gold coins, symbolizing his bullionist monetary stance) fall from his pocket, brandishes a quill pen, saying, "If I must fall, preserve this sacred pen which expunged the villainous Clause." The expunging quill was a memento of Benton's successful campaign to strike the Senate's 1834 censure of Andrew Jackson from the congressional record. Standing on a bank at the lower right, waving his cane, Democratic patriarch Andrew Jackson exclaims, "By the Eternal! They have forsaken Matty "in his extremity." I always prophesied that Tyler would not stick to him "in the end!"" His comment sums up the message of the cartoon, which is that Van Buren's campaign was hampered by erosion of his traditional Democratic support and internal divisions within the party ranks during the spring of 1844.
Contributor Names
Baillie, James S., active 1838-1855.
Bucholzer, H.
Created / Published
N.Y. : Lith. & pub. by James Baillie, 1844.
Subject Headings
-  Benton, Thomas Hart,--1782-1858
-  Clay, Henry,--1777-1852
-  Jackson, Andrew,--1767-1845
-  Tyler, John,--1790-1862
-  Tyler, Robert,--1816-1877
-  Van Buren, Martin,--1782-1862
-  Webster, Daniel,--1782-1852
-  Presidential elections--United States--1840-1850
-  Salt River
Format Headings
Lithographs--1840-1850.
Political cartoons--1840-1850.
Notes
-  Entered . . . 1844 in the Office of the S. District of N.Y.
-  Lith. & pub. by James Baillie 33 Spruce Street N.Y.
-  Signed: H. Bucholzer.
-  The Library's impression of "Matty Taking His Second Bath" was deposited for copyright on May 16, eleven days before the Democratic convention opened in Baltimore. On May 29 James K. Polk received the party's presidential nomination.
-  Title appears as it is written on the item.
-  Weitenkampf, p. 80.
-  Forms part of: American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
-  Published in: American political prints, 1766-1876 / Bernard F. Reilly. Boston : G.K. Hall, 1991, entry 1844-16.
Medium
1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.3 x 42.7 cm. (image)
Call Number/Physical Location
PC/US - 1844.B157, no. 9 (B size) [P&P]
Source Collection
American cartoon print filing series (Library of Congress)
Repository
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA http://hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/pp.print
Digital Id
cph 3a12797 //hdl.loc.gov/loc.pnp/cph.3a12797
Library of Congress Control Number
2008661417
Reproduction Number
LC-USZ62-10374 (b&w film copy neg.)
Rights Advisory
No known restrictions on publication.
Online Format
image
Description
1 print : lithograph on wove paper ; 27.3 x 42.7 cm. (image) | A satire published before the Democratic convention, predicting would-be presidential nominee Martin Van Buren's second "bath in Salt River" (the first one being his unsuccessful bid for reelection in 1840). On the left bank of "Salt River," a colloquialism for political failure or misfortune, Whigs Henry Clay, Daniel Webster, and two unidentified men combine strength to pull a fox with Van Buren's head from the opposite bank and into the water. The "Kinderhook fox," as Van Buren was known, loses his footing. He has been supported by (left to right) incumbent President John Tyler, Tyler's son Robert, Senator Thomas Hart Benton, and an unidentified fourth man. Tyler has had ahold of the fox's tail, which has just come off in his hands, and all collapse in a heap. Clay taunts Van Buren, "Walk up, Matty this is only the Sober second thought of the people." "Sober second thoughts" was a catch-phrase in the 1840 campaign, referring to Van Buren's desertion by working-class supporters. (See "Sober Second Thoughts," no. 1838-15). Van Buren pleads with Tyler, "Hold on, hard, Tyler: for I have been so deep in Salt River once that I shiver at the thought of another sousing." Tyler: "Oh! cursed luck! There is nothing left me but your tail! Is this the way you reward your devoted friends? I wish you had kept it!" Robert Tyler (a poet): "No matter, father, I'll use them up in a poem of 50 Cantos." Benton, as "Mint Drops" (i.e., gold coins, symbolizing his bullionist monetary stance) fall from his pocket, brandishes a quill pen, saying, "If I must fall, preserve this sacred pen which expunged the villainous Clause." The expunging quill was a memento of Benton's successful campaign to strike the Senate's 1834 censure of Andrew Jackson from the congressional record. Standing on a bank at the lower right, waving his cane, Democratic patriarch Andrew Jackson exclaims, "By the Eternal! They have forsaken Matty "in his extremity." I always prophesied that Tyler would not stick to him "in the end!"" His comment sums up the message of the cartoon, which is that Van Buren's campaign was hampered by erosion of his traditional Democratic support and internal divisions within the party ranks during the spring of 1844.
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