MR. BENTON'S LETTER TO MAJ. GEN. DAVIS, OF THE STATE OF MISSISSIPPI, DECLINING THE NOMINATION OF THE CONVENTION OF THAT STATE; DEFENDING THE NOMINATION OF VAN BUREN FOR THE PRESIDENCY; AND RECOMMENDING HARMONY, CONCERT, AND UNION, TO THE DEMOCRATIC PARTY OF THE UNITED STATES.

Washington: Blair & Rives, 1835. 16pp, disbound. Benton's free frank manuscript signature laid down on blank portion of title page. Good+.

The first great spokesman for the interests of the West, Benton was a pre-eminent Democrat and a strong supporter of Andrew Jackson, despite an early violent dispute in which Jackson received a bullet in his shoulder. Benton declines consideration for the Vice Presidency in the upcoming 1836 election. He writes warmly of the Northern Democrat, Martin Van Buren, Jackson's Vice President, who has no peer in his opposition to the banking system; and provides a detailed biography of Van Buren's public life.
FIRST EDITION. Wise & Cronin 37. AI 30385 [4]. Not in Eberstadt, Decker, Soliday, Sabin, Owen, or Miles. Item #24200

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