Remarks of Mr. John Quinn at the Lafayette Monument, Union Square, New York, September 6, 1917. [With:] Portrait photograph of John Quinn delivering his remarks.

[New York: September 1917].

Price: $1,750.00

About the item

Title heading in 3 lines, 38 lines of text. 1 vols. 4to. Old folds. Fine. Photo matted, fine. The broadside is unrecorded. The John Quinn Memorial Collection at NYPL holds a copy of a portrait of Quinn from the same event. Provenance: John Quinn; his sister Julia Anderson; and by descent.

Item #323076

Broadside of the speech of Irish American attorney and collector John Quinn at the first Lafayette Day meeting at Union Square in New York City, to commemorate the birth of Lafayette and the French victory at the battle of the Marne. Quinn honors Lafayette “as the champion of the oppressed, as the the soldier of liberty” and recalls that “the bonds of feeling between Ireland and France are old and sacred ones … The habits of thought and the passion for liberty are the same among Frenchmen and Irishmen. The old tradition of Ireland’s loyalty to France is today carried on by the thousands and thousands of brave soldiers of Irish blood who are fighting in France … for the liberty of the world.” Quinn states “that the Irish-Americans who take part in this celebration unite with me in testfying , that Americans of Irish birth and descent generally are heart and soul loyal to the Flag in this war”. Quinn’s morning speech was the opening of the day's events; the afternoon portions were held at City Hall.

Quinn’s speech is reported with a photograph ofthe fathering before the statue of Lafayette at pp. 45-49 of Lafayette Day Exercises in Commemoration of the Double Anniversary of the Birth of Lafayette and the Battle of the Marne: September 6th, 1917 (1917), but this broadside is UNRECORDED.

WIth a contemporary portrait of Quinn addressing the gathering (studio blind stamp of Paul Thompson, New York City).