“I’ll go for Clay and Frelinghuysen.”
“I shall take my Wife & Children to Hoboken next Sunday.”
“I am going to take an excursion on the North River”
“I’ll go for the Tariff that gives me & my Children Bread.”
“I have been gull’d by the Loco Slang of the Rich richer & the Poor poorer long enough.”
“I have more work than I can do”
Sign Says:
French, English & German Books all Duty Free.
“Is this Protective Tariff that you boasted so much off.--”
“I cannot get myself or Family into the Alms house.”
“I have apply’d everywhere for more work & can get none.”
“My dear Child I have no Bread.”
“Is this the Country of a Washington Franklin & Jefferson.”
Sign says: All goods must be paid for in Specie.  Sovereigns taken at $5.50.
English & French Cloth
“I have no work for three months”
Drawn On Stone [Political Prints from the 1830's and 1840's]

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Artist Unknown
The Effects of the Tariff of 1842/
Free Trade of 1840
Publisher Unknown [H. R. Robinson]
ca. 1844

Whig Henry Clay and his running mate Theodore Frelinghuysen supported a protective tariff in the presidential election of 1844.  Their opponents, Democratic nominees James K. Polk and George Dallas did not necessarily favor free trade, but did object to excessive tariffs.

The Tariff of 1842 substantially raised the import tax on foreign goods in an effort to protect U.S. industry from European competition. Loco Slang refers to the radical wing of the Democratic Party called Locofocos.  They opposed protective tariffs but by this time, the name was used derisively to refer to all Democrats.

This campaign cartoon is printed on the reverse side of Charles Rivière Hérard.

On May 1, 1844 the Whig nominating convention picked Theodore Frelinghuysen as Henry Clay’s running mate while at the end of the same month, the Democrats unexpectedly chose James K. Polk and George Dallas as their candidates.  This places the date of the print, which refers to the candidacy of all four men, after May 1844.

However, it seems unlikely that the print on the reverse, Charles Rivière Hérard, was published that late, given that Hérard was overthrown in Haiti in May 1844.  It is conceivable that unsold prints were recycled by printing campaign cartoons on the blank side.