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Title: 1860 Fascinating, Significant Original Handwritten Document Detailing the Tense and Fraught Mood Only Two Weeks Before the 1860 Presidential Election That Would Be the Catalyst for the Bloodiest War in American History
Description: Baltimore Maryland Md, 1860. 12mo - over 6¾" - 7¾" tall. Manuscript, On offer is an absolutely unique and amazing document of one of the most significant events in American history. It is a letter sent from Baltimore and dated October 22, 1860, discussing the Presidential election that would take place in less than two weeks and directly lead to the secession of the Southern States and the beginning of the Civil War. The unknown sender first gently admonishes his friend for not including in his previous letter the result of “the Fall River theft.” “Pray how did it result?” he asks, curious about this local event. The rest of the letter is of the upcoming and “confounded election.” “Some of the people South of us are trying to make a fuss.” He continues, “..and as Lincoln will be elected I sincerely hope he may have a sufficiency of Jackson plush to make them toe the mark” after he wins. Finally, in what is a most fantastic part of this letter, the author writes, “if Mr. Lincoln’s administration shall be such as to view the affectation of all candid and fair minded men, the days of slavery in this state are numbered, in my opinion.” The letter is two pages long, written on the front and back of one sheet of paper. The letter itself is in good condition, showing very little discoloration and only small cosmetic damage to some parts of the edges and creases. The handwriting is done in black ink, showing no fading. The ink does slightly bleed over to other side of the page, but this does not affect the legibility of the content, which is very easy to read throughout. This is only part of what was a longer letter, however, whatever happened to the other page(s) is unknown. This letter is a fascinating letter from the time immediately preceding the tremendous turmoil of the American Civil War. It displays a sense of cautious optimism that too soon be crushed by the secession of the South and the beginning of the bloodiest and most destructive war America would ever see. Good.

Keywords: Keywords: History of, 1860 United States Presidential Election, Events Leading Up to the CIVIL War, Pre-Secession of the Confederacy, Abraham Lincoln, Slavery in America, Fall River Theft, Mid-Century America, CIVIL War Era, Documents of the CIVIL War Era

Price: US$ 1455.99 Seller: M. Benjamin Katz, Fine Books/Rare Manuscripts
- Book number: 0009108

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