LETTER FROM HON. C.C. CLAY, JR.

[Washington: T. McGill, Printer], May 21, 1860. 8pp. Caption title, as issued. Uncut, generously margined, Very Good. Prior owner's name written in top margin of title page.

Clay's scarce pamphlet is a printed Letter to E.A. O'Neal, Esq., of Florence, Alabama. U.S. Senator Clay of Alabama supports the withdrawal from the Democrats' Convention at Charleston, protesting the Party's refusal to adopt a Platform espousing the extreme Southern Rights position: "The right of the citizens of the South to carry and hold slaves in any of the common Territories of the United States during their territorial status... Neither Congress nor a territorial legislature can prohibit, destroy, or impair it." Clay bitterly denounces Stephen A. Douglas, the choice of the regular Democrats, for espousing his Popular Sovereignty doctrine, which is little different from the position of "black-republicans."
O'Neal was a prominent Alabama lawyer, judge, advocate of secession, Confederate military officer, and Governor of Alabama from 1882-1886.
Not in Bartlett, LCP, Sabin, Ellison. OCLC 4906030 [7] [as of August 2015]. Item #32341

Price: $275.00