LETTER OF SAMUEL CARUTHERS TO HIS CONSTITUENTS. EXPLAINING HIS PAST ACTION, DEFINING HIS PRESENT POSITION, AND THE POSITION OF PARTIES.

Washington: Printed at the Union Office, 1856. 16pp. Disbound, a few leaves loosened. Light tanning. Good+.

A Whig Congressman from Missouri defends his vote for a Democrat as Speaker of the House. The Whig Party was on its deathbed by 1856, mortally wounded by divisions over slavery. His choice, to go with Democrats or Republicans, was easy: "As to the Black Republican party, ...if it elects a President, and gets possession of both Houses of Congress, it will carry out its infamous circle of measures: the repeal of the fugitive slave law, the abolishment of slavery in the District of Columbia, interdict the inter-state slave trade between the States, restore the Missouri restriction, and refuse to admit any more slave States! Our danger is not from the Pope, not from foreigners, but is from the Abolitionists. The Democratic is the only political organization with which we can beat back this Abolition horde from the Capitol."
OCLC 3288708 [10]. LCP 2101. Not in Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Work, Dumond, Blockson, or Weinstein. Item #19063

Price: $250.00

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