Perley's Reminiscences of Sixty Years in the National Metropolis - Vol. 1

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CHAPTER XVII.
THE LOG CABIN AND HARD CIDER CAMPAIGN.

THE, HARRISON CAMPAIGN--POLITICAL SONGS--WHIG CONVENTIONS--
GREAT PARADES--CORWIN'S REPLY TO CRARY--CRARY'S COMPLETE
DISCOMFITURE--THE CAMPAIGN PAPER--HORACE GREELEY--HENRY
CLAY ON THE STUMP--AMOS KENDALL--THE FALL ELECTIONS--PIPE-
LAYING--THE WHIGS TRIUMPHANT.

THE Presidential campaign of 1840 surpassed in excitement and intensity of feeling all which had preceded it, and in these respects it has not since been equaled. It having been sneeringly remarked by a Democratic writer that General Harrison lived in a log cabin and had better remain there, the Whigs adopted the log cabin as one of their emblems. Log cabins were raised everywhere for Whig headquarters, some of them of large size, and almost every voting precinct had its Tippecanoe Club with its choristers.

For the first time in our land the power of song was invoked to aid a Presidential candidate, and immense editions of log cabin song-books were sold. Many of these songs were parodies on familiar ballads. One of the best compositions, the authorship of which was ascribed to George P. Morris, the editor of the New York Mirror, was a parody on the Old Oaken Bucket. The first verse ran:

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