THE PIERCE AND KING DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, TO THE LABORING AND PRODUCING CLASSES OF THE UNITED STATES. Election of 1852.

THE PIERCE AND KING DEMOCRATIC ASSOCIATION OF THE CITY OF WASHINGTON, TO THE LABORING AND PRODUCING CLASSES OF THE UNITED STATES.

[Washington? 1852. Caption title as issued. 16pp. At head of title, cuts of a farmer plowing with his team of horses; and an arm and hammer surrounded by a wreath. Disbound, lightly toned or foxed, else Very Good.

These Washington D.C. Democrats, "possessed of no political suffrage ourselves," warn in this scarce campaign pamphlet, against the election of Winfield Scott, a career military man and the Whigs' 1852 presidential candidate. Of our past presidents, "The only professional soldier was General Taylor, who for upwards of forty years had devoted himself exclusively to his profession of arms. If the evils resulting from his election, under which we are now suffering, had tongues to speak to you, you would not soon repeat that error."
The enviable qualities of Franklin Pierce, the Democrats' nominee and a perfect example of "the northern man with southern principles," are trumpeted. Trashing the short presidency of General Taylor, the pamphlet finds telling parallels in the career of General Scott. "All who know him know his weakness, his egotism, his aristocratic haughtiness." To boot, "General Scott's opinions on the slavery question are hostile to the interests and safety of the South and to the patriotic opinions of the northern democracy. He fraternizes with such fanatics as Seward, Hale, Sumner, Garrison, Phillips, and Gerritt [sic] Smith..."
OCLC 23149127 [5] as of October 2017. Not in Miles. Item #34357

Price: $350.00