SPEECH...ON THE PACIFIC RAILROAD. DELIVERED IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES, JANUARY 6, 1859.

[Washington: Towers, 1859]. 8pp, caption title [as issued], disbound [some loosening]. Light stain, else Very Good. The Georgia Secessionist Senator argues for a Southern Route for the Pacific Railroad. "In the Senate, Iverson took an advanced position on 'Southern rights,' asserting that the only province of the federal government as regarded slavery in the territories was to assure its protection. On Jan. 6, 1859, while debating the Pacific Railroad bill, he took occasion to prophecy early secession and dissolution of the Union. This speech brought a remonstrance from his colleague Toombs, who thought it premature." DAB. Closing boldly, Iverson says, "What I demand, therefore, is, that the South shall be put upon an equality with the North, whether the Union lasts or not; that...the South shall have an equal chance to secure a road within her borders, to inure to her benefit whilst the Union lasts, and belong to her when-- if ever-- that Union is dissolved." FIRST EDITION. Not in De Renne or Sabin. IX DAB 517. 274 NUC 0195782 [2]. Item #7276

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