New York: George F. Nesbitt & Co., Printers and Stationers, 1860. 32pp. Stitched, lightly worn. Very Good.
This is the 1907 reprint, "almost indistinguishable from the original," of Lincoln's great Cooper Union speech, originally published in September 1860, during that year's chaotic presidential campaign. Unlike the original, page 32 of this edition is numbered.
Thirty-eight detailed footnotes by Nott and Brainerd, leading attorneys and men of letters, buttress Lincoln's argument that the Framers and early Congresses contemplated a restricted and gradually diminishing role for American slavery. By examining constitutional and early Congressional debates, Lincoln demonstrates that contemporary statesmen viewed slavery "as an evil, not to be extended, but to be tolerated and protected only because of and so far as its actual presence among us makes that toleration and protection a necessity." Lincoln's speech received wide press coverage; it catapulted him into presidential contention, for its great contribution was to place the new Republican Party at the center of American constitutional and legal thought rather than at an unacceptable extreme. He thus made it easy for moderate Northern Democrats and Whigs to vote Republican in 1860.
Monaghan 68. LCP 5933. Sabin 41162n. Item #37668