Butternut (1861); "Walk a mile to kick a sheep" (1829)

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Sat Dec 31 02:06:52 UTC 2005

Thanks, Barry. But I'm "the man from Tennessee" only in the sense that Tennessee Ernie was "the man from Pasadena."


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Subject: Butternut (1861); "Walk a mile to kick a sheep" (1829)

I thought it was "walk a mile for a camel." Don't know if Fred Shapiro has
_Various Items.; Prepared for the Genius of Universal Emancipation. _
Nitt Gaz. Genius of Universal Emancipation (1821-1839). Mount Pleasant: Oct
16, 1829. Vol. 4, Iss. 6; p. 47 (1 page) :
John Randolph, in his famous opposition to the woollens-bill in congress,
entered so deep into the anti-manufacturing spirit, that he declared he would go
at any time twenty rods out of his way to kick a sheep.
_EARLY DAYS OF TARIFF; Ups and Downs of the Protection Principle. STATESMEN
NOT CONSISTENT Lawmakers and Their States Frequently Changed Front --
Massachusetts Was for Free Trade When Commerce Was Its Leading Industry -- Scandal
and Investigation Over the Law of 1857. _
JOHN F. COYLE.. The Washington Post (1877. Jun 15, 1902. p. 26 (1 page) :
An evidence of the bitter hostilities entertained by leading Southern men
can be given by John Randolph, who was in Congress when the bill of 1833 was
being acted upon. Some debate called out the remark from him, "that he would
walk a mile to kick a sheep, as it embodied protection in its wool."
Boston Daily Globe (1872-1960). Boston, Mass.: Jul 12, 1910. p. 10 (1 page) :
John Randolph of Virginia used to say that he would any time go a mile out
of his way just to kick a sheep, so much he hated the tariff on wool.
I'm looking at the Brooklyn Eagle, 24 September 1916, and a state nickname
list has "Butternut Whelps--Tennessee." Lighter's HDAS has April 1862 for
"butternut," and I'm the number one fan of the man from Tennessee.
_INAUGURATION DAY.; Last Hours of the Thirty-Sixth Congress--Scenes in the
Senate Chamber--Far well of Vice President Breckinridge--Vice President Hamlin
takes the Oath of Office--The New Senators Sworn in--An Extra Session--The
Inauguration Procession--scenes and incidents--Liole South Carolina "fails
out"--The Oath--The Inaugural--Its Effect--Butternut Becomes Jubilant--Later
Incidents of the Day, &c., &c. _
Chicago. Mar 9, 1861. p. 0_3 (1 page)
_Capture of a Rebel Flag in Iatan, Mo._
Chicago Tribune (1860-1872). Chicago, Ill.: Jun 12, 1861. p. 0_2 (1 page) :
Another blowing, bleared, butternut-colored traitor fell into the rear and
asked Tom Merrrick what authority he had.
Chicago Tribune (1860-1872). Chicago, Ill.: Jul 13, 1861. p. 0_1 (1 page) :
Aside from the sudden outbreak in the northwestern portion of the State, it
appears that the butternut gentry are again growing bellicose along the
Missouri River at Boonville, Lexington, etc.
Chicago Tribune (1860-1872). Chicago, Ill.: Jul 17, 1861. p. 0_2 (1 page) :
What right had Gen. Lyon to march upon Boonville and drive out Claib
Jackson's butternut ruffians?
_A Rebel Camp in Platte County, Mo._
Chicago Tribune (1860-1872). Chicago, Ill.: Jul 24, 1861. p. 0_1 (1 page) :
His butternuts are, however, doing more harm than their rebel heads are
3 September 1861, Davenport (Iowa) Daily Gazette, pg. 2, col. 2:
It is the intention of Gen. Lane, as stated in a public meeting, that so
soon as the organization of his brigade was completed, that could he find a
sufficient number of the butternuts gathered together at one place, to pitch in
and give them battle;...

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