1860 REPUBLICAN NATIONAL CONVENTION, AS REPORTED IN THE NEW YORK DAILY TRIBUNE MAY 14 - 19, 1860.
New York: Horace Greeley, 1860. Folio. Each issue 8pp, except for the 12-page May 19 issue, and printed in six columns per page. 16-1/2" x 21-3/4.". May 14, May 15, May 16, May 17, May 18, May 19. Six issues disbound, some loosening; couple of printer flaws. The May 19 issue is bound out of order, the last leaf chipped with loss. Else Very Good.
The Tribune reports the dramatic, day-by-day story of the 1860 Republican National Convention at the Chicago Wigwam. "Seward Leads Them All," reports the May 14 edition. The next day, Seward is reported as confident of victory but "Mr. Lincoln of Illinois, however, is rising in prominence." Other doings are reported on May 16.
The Convention officially convened on Thursday, May 17. "It was one of the largest, most brilliant, and enthusiastic gatherings of the kind ever witnessed in the country . . .Our regular correspondent telegraphs that the prospects of Mr. Lincoln for the nomination had improved to such an extent that he was likely to be chosen." But Seward supporters are reportedly "quite confident of success," although "Mr. Greeley regarded Mr. Seward's chances as even, and that Mr. Lincoln stood next on the list." Indeed, a headline reports, "Mr. Lincoln close upon him."
The May 18 proceedings were consumed with "various preliminary questions, and the formation of a platform." Balloting would not begin until the following day, with the victory of "Honest Old Abe" and a biography of the nominee.
The Tribune also reported on the activities of Stephen A. Douglas, the candidate of the Regular Democratic Party; on foreign events, with an in-depth report on Japan; and many of advertisements, which surely helped to keep Greeley and his Tribune solvent. Item #39014