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"The Scarlet Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh J. Dawson Article on the eagle of the Salem Custom House from the January, 1986, vol. 122 issue of The Essex Institute Historical Collection (courtesy of the Peabody Essex Museum)

In this article, Hugh Dawson argues that in the first chapter of The Scarlet Letter, "The Custom-House," Hawthorne uses the Custom House eagle as part of his satire on the political machine responsible for his firing from his position as surveyor of the Salem Custom House.

First page (30) of \"<I>The Scarlet Letter</I>'s Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House\" by Hugh J.Dawson
First page (30) of "The Scarlet Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh J.Dawson
Article on the eagle of the Salem Custom House from the January, 1986 , vol. 122 issue of The Essex Institute Historical Collection (30-34) 
Second page (31) of \"<i>The Scarlet Letter</i>'s Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House\" by Hugh J.Dawson
Second page (31) of "The Scarlet Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh J.Dawson
Article on the eagle of the Salem Custom House from the January, 1986 , vol. 122 issue of The Essex Institute Historical Collection (30-34) (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Third page (32) of \"<i>The Scarlet Letter</i>'s Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House\" by Hugh J. Dawson  (NOTE: Full-page view shows text as well as larger image.)
Third page (32) of "The Scarlet Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh J. Dawson (NOTE: Full-page view shows text as well as larger image.)
Article on the eagle of the Salem Custom House from the January, 1986 , vol. 122 issue of The Essex Institute Historical Collection (30-34)  (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Fourth page (34) of \"<i>The Scarlet Letter</i>'s Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House\" by Hugh J. Dawson  (NOTE: Full-page view shows text as well as larger image.)
Fourth page (34) of "The Scarlet Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh J. Dawson (NOTE: Full-page view shows text as well as larger image.)
Article on the eagle of the Salem Custom House from the January, 1986 , vol. 122 issue of The Essex Institute Historical Collection (30-34)  (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)
Last page of \"<I>The Scarlet Letter</i>'s Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House\" by Hugh J. Dawson  (NOTE: Full-page view shows text as well as larger image.)
Last page of "The Scarlet Letter's Angry Eagle and the Salem Custom House" by Hugh J. Dawson (NOTE: Full-page view shows text as well as larger image.)
Article on the eagle of the Salem Custom House from the January, 1986 , vol. 122 issue of The Essex Institute Historical Collection (30-34) (courtesy of Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA)


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