pp, entirely in ink manuscript. Light wear, Very Good.
Helper, the prominent North Carolina abolitionist whose 'Impending Crisis of the South' argued that Slavery was destroying southern society, was Lincoln's Consul to Argentina. After the War he became an extreme Negrophobe, urging the deportation of the freed slaves. Like Andrew Johnson and not a few southern Unionists, his opposition to slavery was based, not on compassion for the slaves, but on resentment of their masters, the elite planter class.
Here he writes to his friend Davis, a staunch anti-slavery man who had served on General Fremont's staff in Missouri during the War. "How do you feel after four years of war with the Slaveholders? Four years do I say? For you, I ought, perhaps, to say twenty, or even more; for, if I mistake not, you have always, since your very first years of discretion, practiced the virtue of antagonism to the fiendish fraternity of Kidnappers and Slaveholders. But I have more particular reference to the four years of actual, hard, material war, which, in defence of our own integrity, we have been constrained to wage with energy against the accursed enemies of the human race... [O]f the future, we are of course, more or less like yourself, left to conjecture. What think you of the prospect?"
Helper says that there is "but one solution to the problem, and that is the complete reestablishment of the Union over the irreparable downfall of Slavery and the Slaveholders. May the God of all grace keep our eyes from beholding any other solution than this!" Item #33736