Political Discussions, Legislative, Diplomatic, and Popular 1856-1886 Volume 3

Political Discussions, Legislative, Diplomatic, and Popular 1856-1886 Volume 3

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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. 1887 edition. Excerpt: ... these words is waged the contest between the two great parties that are contending for mastery in this Government; that here is involved the true construction under which this Government is to be administered--whether the Government of the United States shall have the power to uphold itself, or whether it shall be the mere creature of the States, living and breathing and moving at their will and pleasure. On that line the two political parties in this country divide; and I have never known a more extraordinary attempt--I will not say disingenuous, for that would imply motive--I have never known a more extraordinary attempt to twist and turn and confound distinctions than the attempt to make Mr. Webster's speech at Capon Springs the basis on which this revelation of his change of view should be established. Both Mr. Stephens in his history and the honorable Senator from Connecticut in his speech quoted from a pamphlet copylof Mr. Webster's Capon Springs address. I thought I discovered when the honorable Senator was speaking, that he was not specially familiar with the speeches of Mr. Webster. I hope he will not think me scant in courtesy if I say that I have discovered still less familiarity now, because he need not have gone to Mr. Stephens's history to get these extracts, nor need he have referred to lost pamphlets containing the whole speech; for here in the authentic life of Mr. Webster, the biography to which Mr. Webster's friends are willing to trust his fame, his life by George T. Curtis, the speech is given in full. Just after that speech was delivered this same delusion which the Senator from Connecticut indicates went over all the South. It was everywhere heralded in the South that Mr. Webster had defined...show more

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  • Paperback | 192 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 10mm | 354g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236980530
  • 9781236980533