[Washington, D.C.]: Printed by Lemuel Towers, 1859. 16 pp. 8vo. Self wrappers. First edition. Garnett Bowditch Adrain (1815-1878) was a New Brunswick attorney who served two terms in Congress from 1857 to 1861. Here, in opposing the Buchanan administration's candidate for Speaker of the House, T. S. Bocock of Virginia, he defends himself as an anti-Lecompton Democrat, against charges of Party disloyalty, reviewing the major national issues of slavery, the Kansas-Nebraska Act, and disunion, and argues that Stephen Douglas is the best candidate for President. OCLC locates only 12 copies. Blind stamp on the title page, spine reinforced, contents clean, a good+ copy. New Jersey & the Negro: 516. Not in LCP. Afro-Americana.
Civil War Era
New York: Wm. C. Bryant & Co., Printers; Anson D.F. Randolph, 1863. 16 pp.; 16 pp. 8vo. Stapled paper wrappers. Later printing & first edition. This issue of Loyal Publication Society, No. 17 is one of three variants. Good copies, 17 with detached and chipped front wrapper; 13 lacking its wrappers; contents clean. Sabin 1389. LCP. Afro-Americana 568.
Boston: Printed for the author by E.P. Whitcomb, 1887. frontis, 88 pp. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. Includes: Story of my life; Clippings from the press; References; My children. Andrews traveled extensively and was a veterinary surgeon in the Confederate Army. A very good copy, spine ends and corner of front wrapper chipped.
Washington, D.C. Buell & Blanchard, Printers, 1860. 28 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Does not include the 1860 Republican Platform found in some copies on pp 29-30. A very good copy with a pin hole through top edge throughout, mail fold, leaves clean. Sabin 2190. LCP. Afro-Americana 682. Dumond p.22. Work p.325.
Washington, D.C. Press of Wilson, Humphreys & Co. 1892. 214 pp. Illus. with b/w photos. 8vo. Grey cloth with gilt title on spine. First edition. Held in Washington, D.C., September 22, 1892. The first and only meeting which had its proceedings published. Includes speeches, rosters of members, as well as a list of attendees. A very good copy with the bookplate of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of the State of Illinois on front pastedown; leaves just browning.
Philadelphia: J. B. Lippincott Company, 1894. 362 pp. + 21 lvs. of maps. Illus. with 21 b/w folding maps. 8vo. Cloth. Second edition, revised and enlarged. Signed by O. [Oliver] W. Nixon (1825-1905), Major and Surgeon, Thirty-ninth Ohio Infantry, USV, and author of "How Marcus Whitman saved Oregon," "Reminiscences of the first year of the War in Missouri," and "Whitman's ride through savage lands with sketches of Indian life." Nick to spine else a very good copy with the bookplate of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of the State of Illinois on front pastedown, shelf sticker on foot of backstrip, their stamp on title, owner's name on first blank, tear to fold on map 3, else maps very good or better.
Washington [D.C.]: Government Printing Office, 1865. 122 pp. 8vo. Removed from a larger volume. First edition. John Armor Bingham (1815-1900) was one of three judges in charge of the trial of the conspirators for the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Here he answers the objections raised by the lawyers for the accused that the military tribunal set up to try the conspirators had no jurisdiction, that it was illegal, and unconstitutional. Bingham argues that Lincoln, as commander-in-chief has been murdered within military lines, that in certain circumstances the president may not be able to carry out his oath to protect the constitution without a declaration of martial law, and martial law allows for the use of military commissions. For a detailed analysis see Thomas Reed Turner, 'The Military Trial,' in "The Trial: The Assassination of President Lincoln and the Trial of the Conspirators" (2003), pp. xxi-xxviii. Lacking the wrappers but otherwise a very good clean copy. Sabin 5461. Monaghan 403. McDade 625.
n.p. n.p. 1856. 16 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. Philemon Bliss (1813-1889) was an Ohio Congressman, the first chief justice of the Supreme Court of Dakota Territory, a Missouri Supreme Court justice, and later Dean of the Law School for the University of Missouri. Here he demolishes quite adroitly, the legal arguments for slavery. A very good copy with light browning of leaves and a soiled spot along bottom margin of several leaves. LCP. Afro-Americana 1287. Dumond p. 28.
[New York]: [Society for the Diffusion of Political Knowledge], 1863. 16 pp. [also numbered pp. 29-44]. 8vo. Self wrappers. First edition. Papers from the Society for the Diffusion of Political Knowledge. No. 3. Also published at the office of the N.Y. Evening Express under the title: The Hon. James Brooks' speech, before the Union Democratic Association. An attack on the Lincoln administration by Brooks (1810-1873), a Democratic Congress from New York, who would be reelected (after a 10 year hiatus) shortly after this speech. A good copy, soiled wrappers with scuffing on front, paper loss at corner, faint dampstain on several leaves. LCP. Afro-Americana 1641. Sabin 58451.
[Washington, D.C.]: n.p. 1860. 18 pp. 8vo. Stitched paper wrappers. First edition. Brown argues in his resolution that since slaves are property, his property should be protected in the territories just like everyone else's property. This copy is the original 18 page version without the reply of Senator Fitch. Neither version is in Sabin, Blockson, Work, or LCP. Afro-Americana. OCLC locates only one copy of this version: at NY Hist. Soc. A very good unopened (uncut) copy, light soiling and staining on untrimmed edges, crease to one corner.
[Washington, D.C.]: 1861. [1 leaf]. 8vo. Removed. First edition. House of Representatives. 36th Congress, 2d session. Ex. Doc. No. 82. Provides Buchanan's rationale for ordering troops into Washington with the approaching inauguration of Lincoln: "But what was the duty of the President at the time the troops were ordered to this city? Ought he to have waited, before this precautionary measure was adopted, until he could obtain proof that a secret conspiracy existed to seize the capital? In the language of the select committee, this was 'in a time of high excitement consequent upon revolutionary events transpiring all around us, the very air filled with rumors, and individuals indulging in the most extravagant expressions of fears and threats.' Under these and other circumstances, which I need not detail, but which appear in the testimony before the select committee, I was convinced that I ought to act... At the present moment, when all is quiet, it is difficult to realize the state of alarm which prevailed when the troops were first ordered to this city. This almost instantly subsided after the arrival of the first company, and a feeling of comparative peace and security has since existed both in Washington and throughout the country. Had I refused to adopt this precautionary measure, and evil consequences, which many good men at the time apprehended, had followed, I should never have forgiven myself." A very good copy with two small tears on the fore edge.
Washington [D.C.]: n.p. 1861. 17 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. This Message of President Buchanan on Feb. 8, 1861 to Congress enclosed the demand made by South Carolina to take possession of Fort Sumter and to then credit the United States with its value, by condemnation. Southern Senators delayed this supposed exchange in order to gain time to prepare to secede and/or to go to war. Jefferson Davis would be elected President of the Confederacy the following day. Removed from a larger volume else a very good copy, top edge trimmed.
[Washington, D.C.]: [Printed at the Congressional Globe Office], 1852. 8 pp. (1 sheet folded). 8vo. Self wrappers. First edition. Edward Carrington Cabell (1816 -1896) was the first US Representative from Florida, and served again later as a Whig. Here he analyses the current position of the political parties. OCLC shows only 6 copies. A very good unopened (uncut) copy, creased. Sabin 9773n.
Washington [D.C.]: n.p. 1861. 1 p. 8vo. First edition. 37th Congress, 1st Session. House of Representatives. Ex.Doc. No. 14. July 27, 1861, Laid upon the table, and ordered to be printed. "Sir: In reply to the resolution of the House of Representatives of the 22d instant, requesting to be informed "whether the Southern Confederacy, so-called, or any State thereof, has in their military service any Indians, and if so, what number, and what tribes; and also, whether they have in said service any negroes," I have the honor to state that this department has in its possession no information on the subject." A very good copy with an inch tear on the bottom edge, not affecting any text, and chip to corner.
New York: Carleton (1 issue printed by Nesbitt), 1869, 1872, 1874. 56 pp.; 79 pp.; 93 pp.; 83 pp. 8vo. Cloth. First edition. Four reports bound together: Report of the Proceedings of the Society of the Army of the James, at the First Triennial Reunion, held in Boston, Massachusetts, September 2d, 1868; Report of the Third Annual Reunion of the Society of the Army and Navy of the Gulf, held at Newport, R.I., July 7th, 1871 (with Memorial Address on the Life and Character of Admiral D.G. Farragut by Rev. Henry E. Montgomery); Report of the Proceedings of the Society of the Army of the James, at the Second Triennial Reunion, held in New York City, July 19th,1871; Report of the Proceedings of the Society of the Army of the James, at the Third Triennial Reunion, held in New York City, October 21st, 1874. A very good copy with the bookplate of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States, Commandery of the State of Illinois on front pastedown, shelf sticker on foot of backstrip, boards soiled. Sabin 86095.
[Philadelphia]: Ringwalt & Brown, Printers, n.d. [circa 1863]. 8 pp. 8vo. Self wrappers. First edition. Anonymous piece calling for national unity especially in Pennsylvania. OCLC locates ten copies. A very good copy with sunned wrappers. Sabin 42566. Samuel J. May Anti-slavery Collection: 34907118.
Nashville: 1864. 1 sheet. Sm. 4to. Sam J. Little was Captain of Commissary of Subsistence and later became Superintendent of the Nashville City Transfer Company (City Omnibus Line). Edwin G. Fay (1841-1902) was from the 107th Regiment, New York Volunteers. The New York State Library has a similar item, dated a week later, relating to both men, in its Civil War Military Records Collection, 1846-1917, SC21141, Box 1, Folder 23, Item C. OCLC lists a few similar documents. Very good, edges lightly browned, worn at the folds.