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Anti-Lincoln Campaign Speech, Two Soldier Letters and 19th Century Miscellany

the speech being a Democratic manuscript document pertaining to the 1864 presidential contest between Abraham Lincoln and George B. McClellan, penned on lined stationery, 31 pages, quarto, in three parts, with later title page "This is an anti-Lincoln administration speech by an unknown N. Y. S. political figure," reading, in very small part, "...we have had presented to us the melancholy spectacle of two Sections of a common country peopled by a common ancestry arrayed against each other in deadly hostility...why then this war this Rebellion...under Lincoln's administration it will be almost impossible even by draft to force 500,000 more men in the army to fight to liberate to elevate and to equalize the african negro...Say we go on and re Elect Abram Lincoln to power and he goes on in the future as he has in the past as fast as policy will dictate to him to...decree and issue this my proclamation that these United States of America this once Glorious Republic being formerly governed by and guaranteed us by the constitution of our country and being cemented together by the Blood of our ancestry be and is hereby dissolved repudiated and annulled and that I Abraham Lincoln do hereby declare that this land be now hence forth and forever called recognized and known as the first Kingdom of America and that I Abraham Lincoln do hereby further declare that I not only will be but now am the first King of America..."...plus; a former Union POW's Autograph Letter Signed "Sid, Camp of Paroled Prisoners, Annapolis, Maryland, n.d. (circa late 1862-1863), to unknown recipient, 4 pages, octavo, reading, in small part: "...I am a little the toughest looking 'd----d Yank' one could conveniently find in 'ze grande Armee' I am out at the elbows, out at the knees Out at the pockets and most outrageously dirty. I am the very beau ideal of a used up 'sojer'...the rebs managed to relieve me of all my personal effects...", the writer goes on to write of General Phil Kearney's death at Chantilly...plus; Union officer's Autograph Letter Signed "Wm Bemis / 1st Lieut 144th NYI," Hilton Head, SC, July 22, 1864, 4 pages, octavo, reading in small part, "...our Regt has had the pleasure (?) of giving the Johnnies a taste of Uncle Sam's lead...the whole expedition on our side lost in killed and wounded about 150 men... "; plus four civilian letter, one on patriotic stationery; various folio newspapers, to include: Political Barometer, Poughkeepsie, New York, August 9, 1803; San Antonio Daily Herald, San Antonio, Texas, November 22, 1859; Sullivan County Republican, Monticello, New York, August 24, 1860, September 6, 1861 and November 8, 1861; The Wesleyan, Syracuse, New York, October 10, 1860; The New York Tribune, New York City, March 23, 1861; The Philadelphia Weekly Union, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, February 11, 1861 and February 25, 1861; Journal of the American Temperance Union, New York, April 1861; Illustrated Christian Weekly, New York, January 11, 1873.
From a private New York estate

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Condition

The letters and speech in good estate condition with minor tears and stains; the newspapers ranging from fair to good condition with expected degradation.

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Anti-Lincoln Campaign Speech, Two Soldier Letters and

Estimate $25 - $25,000Dec 15, 2018