Fall River: Almy & Milne, 1860. 20 pp. 8vo. Stitched. First edition. A strong anti-slavery speech that attacks the views that the right o property is the first object of all human government, that the declaration of principles in the declaration of independence was meant only for whites, and that the government cannot intervene in the states even "to prevent the establishment of dangerous or vicious institutions." Lacking wrappers else a very good copy with some soiled spots on the title page. LCP. Afro-Americana 45.
[Washington, D.C.]: Republican Executive Congressional Committee, 1860. 7 pp., . 8vo. Disbound. First edition. List of speeches and documents available from the Republican Executive Congressional Committee on last page. An attack on the south and the sessionists. Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy with tear on top edge of last 2 leaves. LCP. Afro-Americana 46. Dumond p. 3.
Boston: Office Boston Daily Bee, 1857. 60 pp. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. William Rounseville Alger (1822-1905) attended Harvard Divinity School from 1844-1847, was a Unitarian minister in Roxbury, Mass., where he served until 1855, was a member of the Free Masons. and an active abolitionist and this speech created quite a stir: "The fierce clamor of the slaveholding interest for more room, fresh prey, new chains and whips, and a longer lease of power drowns the voices of the Revolutionary Fathers, vilified the Declaration of Independence, incenses the country, disgraces the age, and insults the world." Preface and appendix. About very good with wrappers torn several inches along spine, front wrapper with two small tears along bottom edge and a closed tear along fore edge, owner's name on top edge, text clean. Sabin 757. LCP. Afro-Americana 222 (2nd).
Boston: Press of Geo. C. Rand & Avery, 1865. [5-16],  pp. 8vo. Self wrappers. First edition. George L. Stearns, note. Without the letters that precede the title page. About very good, front wrapper soiled and nearly detached, small damp stain on bottom edge of a few leaves. Sabin 98005. LCP. Afro-Americana 1027.
[Washington, D.C.]: n.p. [Published by Republican Executive Congressional Committee], 1860. 8 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Strong attack on President James Buchanan's annual message and its support of slavery by John Armor Bingham, (1815-1900), Republican congressman from Ohio. Not in LCP. Afro-Americana or Dumond. Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy.
[Washington, D.C.]: Printed by Lemuel Towers, 1860. 16 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. The logical conclusion of the Republican platform, according to Boyce, who opposed them, is that all slave owners are criminals, since they deny liberty to those of african descent, and since all men, according to the Republicans are endowned with liberty, denying them liberty is a crime. A very good copy, blind stamp and foxing on first page.
Washington, [D.C.]: n.p. 1856. 30 pp. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. An attack on Seward and an argument to let the territories decide for themselves if they are to be free or slave. Not in LCP. Afro-Americana. Shadow of envelope flap, mail fold, and crease to one corner; contents clean, about very good. Sabin 8437n.
[Washington, D.C.]: Printed by Buell & Blanchard, 1850. 8 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Calhoun argues that the population balance has swung toward the North, affecting the balance of power in government. Abolition agitation is now snapping the cords of the Union, including splitting of the church denominations. Only by sending California into territorial status and passing measures designed to insure the South's safety can the Union be preserved. A very good clean copy with close trimmed top edge. Sabin 9936n. LCP. Afro-Americana 1941 (variant).
[Boston]: [E.B. Foster & Co.?], 1856. 8 pp. 8vo. Removed. Reprint. From the "Boston Courier," August 14, 1856. Choate could not attend this meeting of The Whigs of Maine, so sent in his speech which declared the first duty of the Whigs was "to defeat and dissolve the new geographical party, calling itself Republican" and to thus vote for Buchanan instead of Freemont. The new party, he argues, is not needed since, except for Kansas, none of the other territories will go slave. But if the new party does gain office he predicts that "to the fifteen States of the South, the Government will appear an alien Government... It will appear a hostile Government... And then and thus is the beginning of the end." A very good copy, two pinholes at lower margin. LCP. Afro-Americana 2297.
New York: n.p. 1823. iv, -64 pp. Sm. 8vo. Disbound. First American edition. Clarkson was the leading British abolitionist of the early 1800s, and in this work laid out the "theoretical agenda of the resurgent British antislavery campaign in the 1820s." (See Lambert: White Creole Culture, Politics and Identity During the Age of Abolition. Cambridge U. P., 2005, p. 41). Removed from a larger volume and lacking the wrappers, old illegible library stamp and numeral on title page, damp stain along top edge of title, and several initial and concluding leaves. A good copy. Sabin 13497 [London ed.]. Amer. Imprints 12163. LCP. Afro-Americana 2403. Dumond p. 40. Heartman 386.
[Washington]: Tower, Printer, 1850. 16 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Clay could not get the Omnibus bill -which attempted to address all aspects of the multiple controversies over slavery, California, Texas, and other issues- passed, despite heading the Committee of Thirteen which had delivered its report just five days earlier than this speech. A very good copy, mail fold. Sabin 13550n. Cowan: 31st State, p. 91.
Washington [D.C.]: Printed by Lemuel Towers, 1859. 16 pp. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. Clay (1817-1864), son of Henry Clay, argues against British interference in the Americas, Britain's opposition to the slave trade, and in favor of the acquisition of Cuba. Removed from a larger volume else very good.
Washington [D.C.]: Printed by Lemuel Towers, 1860. 16 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. "Like most residents of the North Carolina mountain region, Clingman was not a slave owner himself. But mountain voters accepted the legitimacy of slavery and resented northern efforts to interfere with southern social relations. Although his strident rhetoric led enemies to brand him as a disunionist, he did not publicly endorse secession until after the failure of the Crittenden Compromise in 1861," (Thomas E. Jeffrey. "Clingman, Thomas Lanier" American National Biography Online). In this speech Thomas Lanier Clingman (1812-1897) continues to oppose efforts of other southern Democrats to impose a slave code on the territories, but argues nonetheless that the coming election is crucial and that Democrats must unite: "I am ready to march in the ranks and with those who go on foot, and wherever the struggle is hardest and the toil and danger greatest... I think that the gentlemen on the other side of the chamber have given us a platform already. We shall have to fight them... In ten days we shall probably have their declaration of war from Chicago, and the clash of arms will commence very soon. It is time for us to close our ranks." Blind stamp, small chip and small tear on title, else a very good copy. Sabin 13707n. LCP. Afro-Americana 2462.
Washington, D.C. Buell & Blanchard, Printers, 1859. 8 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Both Cochrane and Stanton object strongly to Oregon's proposed constitution which states: "No free negro or mulatto not residing in this State at the time of the adoption of this Constitution shall ever come, reside, or be within the State or hold any real estate, or make any contract, or maintain any suit therein. And the legislative assembly shall provide by penal law for the removal by public officers of all such free negroes and mulattoes, and for their effectual exclusion from the State..." OCLC shows only 12 copies. Not in Sabin or LCP. Afro-Americana. Remnant of front wrapper along stitching, else a very good copy. Smith: Pacific Northwest Americana 723.
Washington [D.C.]: Printed at Gideon's, 1845. 16 pp. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. Argues against the admission of Texas since it will become a slave state and shift the balance of power to the south. Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy. Sabin 14360. Streeter: Texas A59. Amer. Imprints 451548. Samuel J. May Anti-Slavery Collection.
Washington [D.C.]: Issued by the National Democratic Executive Committee; McGill & Witherow, Printers, . 24 pp. 8vo. Disbound. First edition. Very soiled, chipped and detached wrappers, Large stains to first few leaves then mainly marginal throughout, rear leaf torn, fore edge ragged, but still a complete and legible copy of this elusive campaign document. Sabin 28450. LCP. Afro-Americana 4301.
Washington, D.C. Buell & Blanchard, Printers, 1858. 15 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. James Dixon (1814-1873) was a Republican Representative and Senator from Connecticut who attacked Buchanan's presidential message which argued that if the Lecompton Constitution was not accepted and the people of Kansas were allowed to decide the issue of slavery in their state, it would lead to the dissolution of the Union: "It seems to me almost puerile, that the President of the United States should come before us, and tell us that on this question hangs the permanency of our institutions." Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy. Sabin 20368n. LCP. Afro-Americana 3143.
Washington [D.C.]: Printed by John T. Towers, 1850. 31 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. 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. A very good copy, light foxing. LCP. Afro-Americana, 3215.
New York: Dodd, Mead & Company, 1904. , 309,  pp. Illus. with 6 b/w plates. Sm. 8vo. Green cloth with gilt titles and blind stamped banjos to front board and spine. First edition. Illus. by Edward Windsor Kemble. Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906), son of ex-slaves, was the first African-American to gain national eminence as a poet. He was a prolific writer of short stories, novels, librettos, plays, songs and essays, employing both standard English and turn-of-the-century black American dialect, which led to his humorous poems gaining great popularity. But despite the title of this work, Dunbar's last collection of stories, written when deteriorating health kept him from writing longer pieces, he left behind the pastoral setting of his earlier stories to focus on the "modern Negro" in the towns and cities of an urbanizing America and its growing African American population (See Jarrett & Morgan's excellent introduction to The Complete Stories of Paul Laurence Dunbar, 2005). Edward Windsor Kemble (1861-1933), illustrator was a self-taught artist specializing in costume scenes, particularly those of the American Black community; he illustrated Uncle Tom's Cabin, Huck Finn, and other similar works. A very good bright copy, extremities rubbed, small bump to front corner, owner's signatures (one in year of publication) to free endpapers; leaves crisp and clean, binding strong. Protected in a clear archival jacket. BAL 4950.