Quincy: Whig and Republican Steam Power Press, 1860. 16pp, folded, untrimmed and partly uncut, outer two leaves loose. Else Near Fine.
Calling himself an "old line Clay Whig," Browning had great influence among his colleagues. Lincoln had picked him as an at-large member of the Illinois delegation to the 1860 Chicago Republican Convention [David Donald, LINCOLN, pages 245-246]. In this campaign speech Browning denounces slavery and demonstrates that the paradigmatic Whig, Henry Clay, would have agreed with the Republican platform. Clay would surely have cast his lot with Lincoln, says Browning.
"Mr. Lincoln had just been upon the stand from which Mr. Browning spoke," says a footnote to his Speech.
FIRST EDITION. LCP 1744. Not in Monaghan, Sabin, Eberstadt, Decker, Graff, Soliday. Item #31436