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The Hartford Convention or Leap No Leap, etching by William Charles, ca. 1814

A satirical print depicted Federalist Timothy Pickering, a radical secessionist, praying for Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island to “make the leap” of leaving the Union, while King George III of Great Britain tempted them with trade benefits.

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[Rhode Island]
Poor little I, what will become of me? this leap is of a frightful size—I sink into despondency—

I cannot Brother Mass; let me pray and fast some time longer—little Rhode will jump the first.

What a dangerous leap!!! but we must jump Brother Conn—

Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress