Mar 21, 2024 - Sale 2663

Sale 2663 - Lot 10

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(ABOLITION.) [Salmon P. Chase.] Principles and Measures of True Democracy: The Address of the Southern and Western Liberty Convention. 15, [1] printed pages. Octavo, 8½ x 5¼ inches, disbound; moderate foxing, two small bits of cello tape, tightly trimmed with loss of page numbers and a few letters grazed. Cincinnati, OH: Gazette Office, 1845

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A speech given at the annual convention of the Liberty Party, which tried to fight slavery within the framework of the Constitution (as opposed to Garrison and his allies, who saw the Constitution as irrevocably tainted). The address helped propel the speaker, Salmon P. Chase, to national prominence; he later served in Lincoln's cabinet and as Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. Here he argues: "It is our duty and our purpose to rescue the Government from the control of the slaveholders. . . . We believe that slaveholding in the United States is the source of numberless evils, moral, social and political . . . We believe that its removal can be effected peacefully, constitutionally, without real injury to any, with the greatest benefit to all" (page 8). Also includes a shorter letter by Elihu Burritt to the convention. Sabin 88296.