Autobiography, 1801-34

Autobiography, 1801-34

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1891 edition. Excerpt: ...abrupt severance of political associations, which, eight years ago, divided us from Webster, Clay, and Fillmore, and devolved on myself, almost alone, the maintenance of the cause of truth and justice here, astonished and dismayed me. The triumph of slavery then would have been incomplete; indeed it could not have occurred, but for the accession to it of Stephen A. Douglas, the representative of the West, that region of the Union most deeply interested in the preservation of the soil of our country from pollution. By that defection, he became soon, and has, until just now, continued (under the favor, or fear of successive Administrations) legislative dictator here, intolerant, yet irresistible; since he led accumbination of the whole South and West, with a powerful Northern force. That was his position yesterday morning. What mine was, and has been, you know--few or none know so well as you--reduced to straits, and walking in peril of fame, and even of life, to be abandoned, deserted, and betrayed at last, by friends whose constancy could not endure such trials. Yesterday this same Douglas, finding that his principles could not save, and that mine alone were enduring, broke loose from all that strong host that he had led so long; and although. he did not, at the first bound, reach my position, as an ally, yet leaped out so far toward it, as to gain a position of neutrality, altogether unsafe and indefensible; and, therefore, but one step short of the position I have held so long and unsupported. It was a great day for freedom and justice. The movement was made, without any concert with me; but you will not be surprised that, at night, we found ourselves together: and that I have now new courage derived from a position, as strong now, more

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  • Paperback | 294 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 16mm | 531g
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236783549
  • 9781236783547