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A Breach of Privilege: Cilley Family Letters, 1820-1867 Eve Anderson

A Breach of Privilege: Cilley Family Letters, 1820-1867

Eve Anderson

Published January 1st 2002
ISBN : 9780970097446
Hardcover
500 pages
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Unique among collections of letters, these never before published communications have not been completely read by family members since the early twentieth century. For years they lay stored in an attic and came to light only after the death of aMoreUnique among collections of letters, these never before published communications have not been completely read by family members since the early twentieth century. For years they lay stored in an attic and came to light only after the death of a direct family descendent. It took nearly five years to transcribe the collection and arrange it into a coherent story. As one of the least publicized political crimes of the nineteenth century, the killing of Congressman Jonathan Cilley stands out as a chapter of American history that would certainly be lost had this book not been written.A Breach of Privilege is the fascinating authentic narrative of a life of enormous potential cut short by political corruption. It is the story of great love and heartrending sorrow, but it is also one in which the human spirit triumphs over the most devastating circumstances. Tragic as the story is, it manages to show that humor, even in incredibly trying circumstances, can offer a solace and mending of the soul. If nothing else, the story of the Cilley family is one of resilience and great love of country- so great that the loss of his life was secondary to Jonathan Cilley compared to his honor and standing firm for his principles.