A FEW THOUGHTS ON THE FOREIGN POLICY OF THE UNITED STATES.

Charleston: 1849. 12mo, 24pp, stitched in plain modern wrappers. Very Good.

Trescot "first attracted attention in 1849" with this pamphlet [DAB]. Like many southern expansionists, he had his eye on Cuba and found a Spanish presence in the Caribbean intolerable. He opposes here any British hand in the future of Cuba [particularly in view of "her utter West Indian failure"], and British policies to board and search any vessel suspected of involvement in the slave trade.
Trescot locates vital American interests all over the world-- particularly to the East-- that would in succeeding generations determine U.S. foreign policy. He became Buchanan's Assistant Secretary of State and "acted openly as a secessionist and agent of South Carolina while continuing his official duties in November and December of 1860" [Potter, Impending Crisis 536]. DAB says he was "noted for the instability of his opinions; but he was impressive in manners and brilliant and voluble in conversation and public speech." Larned, however, calls him "exceptionally temperate and fair-minded" [Larned 1697].
FIRST EDITION. Sabin 96785. Not in Turnbull. Item #7781

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