PRESIDENT (C)ASS BEGINNING OPERATIONS, LOSING NO TIME.

New York: Lith. & Pub. by H.R. Robinson 31 Park Row (Adjoining Lovejoy's Hotel.), [1848]. Oblong lithograph broadside, 11-1/2" x 16-1/2." Mounted to a thin board. Very Good.

Though little known today, Cass was a leader of the Democratic Party for thirty years, its 1848 presidential candidate, and the author of the Popular Sovereignty Doctrine, later taken up by Stephen A. Douglas. Cass's resume was impressive indeed: Veteran of the War of 1812, Governor of the Michigan Territory, U.S. Senator from Michigan, Secretary of War, Secretary of State, Ambassador to France. Ironically, he would lose the 1848 election to a political cypher, the Whig Zachary Taylor.
This rare, satiric broadside, unsympathetically dissects Cass and his 1848 presidential candidacy, "Lewis Cass is attacked as a militaristic expansionist. His support during the 1846 Oregon boundary dispute of the expansionist 54 40' parallel and his War of 1812 military record are invoked as evidence of his hawkish character.
"Cass (center) sits on a pile of cannon balls inscribed '54.40' signing a declaration of war with a quill pen dipped in blood. He uses a military drum for a desk top. In his left hand he holds a broken saber, memento of a well-publicized incident during the War of 1812 when Cass defied his superior officer's orders to surrender to the British at Detroit. Rather than surrender his troops he chose instead to break his sword. Here he says, 'The first thing I'll do will be to sign this declaration of war--leaving the name of the Country blank to fill up afterward--if the People did not want more bloodshed why the devil did they make 'me' Genl. (C)Ass President--holloa Scott are you ready?'
"To the right, Gen. Winfield Scott stands next to a cannon, eating a bowl of soup. He says, 'All right Mr. President. I have nearly finished the "hasty bowl of soup" only keep Quiet two minutes longer & I'll get my friend Barnum to give you the "other" piece of "that broken sword." " (For the origin of the "hasty bowl of soup" joke, see "Distinguished Military Operations with a Hasty Bowl of Soup," no. 1846-15).
"To the left stands Whig nominee Zachary Taylor, as a military drummer boy, accompanied by two bloodhounds. The dogs allude to Taylor's controversial use of bloodhounds against Indians in the Second Seminole War in Florida. (For an extremely defamatory treatment of this theme see James Baillie's "Hunting Indians in Florida with Blood-Hounds," no. 1848-20) He exclaims, "Too bad by Jessy!! here I am at the old trade again, instead of being President dammme if they have not made me drummer."
"In the background stand a row of soldiers, one holding a flag marked "54.40" [Reilly].
Reilly 1848-17. Not located on OCLC [but the Library of Congress has a copy] or the online sites of AAS, Clements Library as of November 2022. Item #38919

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