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[Letcher, John]:

TO THE PEOPLE OF VIRGINIA: JOHN LETCHER AND HIS ANTECEDENTS. READ AND CIRCULATE.

Whig Book and Job Office, Richmond: 1859 29, [2 blanks], [1] pp. Stitched with loosening. Untrimmed, scattered and generally light wear and fox. Good+. A Whig attack on Letcher, a Virginia Democratic Congressman who was tuning up his race for Governor, a position that he held from 1860-1863. It charges that Letcher "urged immediate action to bring about a division of Virginia, and assailed the institution of slavery as an evil which the West would get rid of by separating from the East." Letcher had responded that he viewed slavery "as a social and political evil," but not a "moral" one, since "I was at that time, have ever been since, and am now the owner of slave property, by purchase and not by inheritance." But, as the Sectional Crisis moved closer to war, Whigs thought they could score electoral points by emphasizing Letcher's refusal to endorse slavery as an unmixed blessing. The pamphlet calls him "altogether hostile to slavery." FIRST EDITION. LCP 10308. OCLC locates 15.


Book Id: 20404

Price: $275.00

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