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Seeking Papers for session at Georgia Association of Historians

I'm looking to put together a session on childhood in the Early Republic in the South at the Georgia Association of Historians annual meeting February 25-27, 2022, in Athens, Georgia. My paper will look at how a future southern politician grew up in a well connected political family from his birth in 1783 to his graduation as part of the University of Georgia's first commencement in 1804.

Suspension of gun sales in antebellum New York?

Query: I've come across a reference in a religious tract, date of publication unknown, about the suspension of trade in firearms as a precaution in the interest of public safety stemming from "a warmly contested election in the city of New York." Can anyone pinpoint for me what and when this election may have been? The closest I can come a window of time would be between 1827 and 1851. Any help would be appreciated.