Item #39831 LETTER OF HON. JOSEPH SEGAR, TO A FRIEND IN VIRGINIA, IN VINDICATION OF HIS COURSE IN DECLINING TO FOLLOW HIS STATE INTO SECESSION. Joseph Segar.

LETTER OF HON. JOSEPH SEGAR, TO A FRIEND IN VIRGINIA, IN VINDICATION OF HIS COURSE IN DECLINING TO FOLLOW HIS STATE INTO SECESSION.

Washington, D.C. William H. Moore, Printer, 1862. 48pp. Disbound, lightly toned, rubberstamp [mostly in margin of page 11]. Good+.

This Virginia Unionist would be elected to Congress during the War, but was declared ineligible to take his seat. He fled Virginia at the outset of War.
This letter from Boston dated November 1861 explains his refusal to renounce his allegiance to the Union, and to take the oath of allegiance to Virginia and the Confederacy. Segar calls the Confederacy "the grandest, most stupendous fraud known in the history of the world. It is no government of the people. The people had no part or lot in the matter. It was, as to the cotton States at least, the precipitation of discontented or ambitious spirits that sought no redress for actual grievances, but who...longed to break down the government."
A 39-page printing, by the same printer in the same year, also issued. The two are very nearly identical, with some typesetting differences and just a few words changed here and there.
Sabin 78879, 111 Eberstadt 589 [both recording the 39-page printing]. OCLC records institutional holdings of each issue. Item #39831

Price: $275.00

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