[Boston: 1864]. 16pp, caption title [as issued], stitched. Light wear. Good+ to Very Good.
Everett supports Lincoln's re-election. He reminds his listeners that, in a time of monumental crisis, it is "all but impossible to administer the Government with energy and success. Even in the war of the Revolution, the civil and military administration of General Washington was assailed..." Indeed, Washington himself was characterized "as a pickpocket or common defaulter." The South, not the North, is responsible for the War: When the Union was formed slavery was universally deemed "a social, political, and moral evil, forced upon us by the Colonial Government." As a necessary evil imposed by circumstance, slavery found a place in the Union; the notion that it is a positive good, as argued by the South, breaks that consensus. Item #7661