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In her book The Salem Life of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret B. Moore talks about the Crowninshields, who were Republicans, and the Derbys, who were Federalists (courtesy of the University of Missouri Press)

In her book The Salem World of Nathaniel Hawthorne, Margaret B. Moore says that the Crowinshields, who were Republicans, "were allied with Nathaniel Silsbee, Colonel John Hathorne, and R. William Bentley. In 1800 the Republicans started a newspaper, The Register, then called the Impartial Register, to reflect their views. In 1803 Salem began marking the Fourth of July with two distinct celebrations: each facton, the Federalists and the Republicans, usually had a speaker, a military muster, and a dinner. The Federalists ejected the Republicans from their 'Court Balls'; hence, the Crowninshields, the Storys, the Silsbees, and the Hathornes could no longer go" (172). Moore explains that" [t]he feud between the Derbys and the Crowninshields ended in 1806, but the struggle between the factions continued" (173).