Oct 10, 2019 - Sale 2519

Sale 2519 - Lot 34

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EVERETT, EDWARD. Autograph Letter Signed, to Alexander Boteler, requesting that he publish in the [Constitutional Union Party's newspaper] Union Guard an answer to the charge of abolitionism made against him by pamphleteers supporting the John C. Breckenridge campaign. 2 1/2 pages, 8vo, written on a folded sheet; abrasion with some loss on terminal page along vertical fold, minor staining at upper edge of each page, folds. Boston, 27 September 1860

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"Some friends at the South have expressed the wish, that notice should be taken in the 'Union Guard' of the charges of abolitionism against me, in the [John C.] Breckenridge Campaign Document No. 5. . . . The Authors of the Pamphlet know themselves, that the charge against me is as absurd as it is mean.
"But, having accepted the nomination, I feel that my friends should not be left without an answer to these calumnies.
"You will find a strong anti-Slavery editorial quoted from the Richmond Enquirer into Niles' Register Vol. XLI p. 369.
"I have marked a passage in my speech at the Union meeting of last December which might be quoted at the close of the accompanying article."
As the historically momentous national election of 1860 approached, a new political party formed with the object to preserve the Union by attempting to assuage the electorate divided over the issue of slavery: the Constitutional Union Party. John Bell was nominated the Union Party's presidential candidate, and Everett, candidate for vice president. Bell's opponent in the South was Democrat John C. Breckenridge, who lost the election to Republican Lincoln despite winning a majority of Southern states, touching off the secession of Southern states that gave rise to the Civil War.