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Holt, Joseph:

LETTER UPON THE POLICY OF THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT, THE PENDING REVOLUTION, ITS OBJECTS, ITS PROBABLE RESULTS IF SUCCESSFUL, AND THE DUTY OF KENTUCKY IN THE CRISIS.

Bradley & Gilbert., Louisville, Ky.: 1861 15, [1 blank] pp. Disbound, lightly foxed [generally in the margins]. Photo illustration of Holt tipped in, Very Good. This Border State lawyer, Buchanan's last Secretary of War, helped hold Kentucky in the Union. In this May 31, 1861 Letter to his colleague James Speed, he expresses "unspeakable gratification" at "the recent overwhelming vote in favor of the Union in Kentucky." Later Lincoln's Judge Advocate General of the Army, he opens a window on activities and emotions in Kentucky in the crucial months after Lincoln's election. The Cotton States, he charges, seeking to "enlist the natural bent" of crucial Border State sympathies, "resolved to precipitate a collision of arms with the Federal authorities." Holt insists that the "extraordinary and discreditable spectacle" of revolution is unnecessary, as slavery in States where it already exists is secure. James Speed was an old friend of Abraham Lincoln, who appointed him Attorney General in 1864. Two editions of Holt's influential Border State perspective also issued from Washington in 1861. This Kentucky imprint is by far the scarcest. Bartlett 2223. Sabin 32651. LCP 4913. Coleman 1212 [D.C. 2d edition]. Not in Nevins, Decker, Monaghan, Eberstadt.


Book Id: 10427

Price: $250.00

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