Washington [D.C.]: Printed by John T. Towers, 1850. 31 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. A very good copy, light foxing. LCP. Afro-Americana, 3215. Item #36000
Douglas answers the famous speech of Webster and Calhoun, pointing out that the Wilmot Proviso was an unconstitutional engraftment on a revenue bill supporting the Treaty with Mexico, not a territorial proviso such as the Northwest Ordinance of 1787, and that the Proviso was the shibboleth that Northern politicians intended to use to create a new (free soil) party to overwhelm the two major parties in the North, but failed when the Treaty with Mexico was adopted without the proviso. He also anticipates the Lincoln debate position that no law can prevail if against local feelings as well as praising Henry Clay for proposing the Compromise of 1850.