Washington, DC: McGill & Witherow, Printers & Stereotypers, 1864. Paperback. Representing California, Cole delivered his speech "on Arming the Slaves" to the House of Representatives in Washington, on Feb. 18th, 1864. His timing coincided with Sherman's "Scorched Earth" policy, which was meant to disrupt Confederate infrastructure and communications and helped lead to the fall of Atlanta in September, 1864. His speech concludes with "Mr. Speaker, if you would put an end to this cruel war be sure in good faith to take good care of these oppressed people. Arm the men. Put sharp weapons in every brawny hand among them ; and then soon will the ex-Secretary of War cry out to his followers, in the language of his great prototype : "Long is the way / And hard, that out of hell leads up to light." Extracted sewn paper wraps, 8vo size (8.75 inches tall), pp. 15. An at least very good copy, with toning, minor soil and some stains and creases, else unmarked. Very Good. Item #4589
Cole's earliest published work and a rare Abolitionist pamphlet, last seen at auction in 1912 (Anderson Galleries Sale of Americana : The Library of the Late Benson J. Lossing. American Historian) with OCLC locating just eight holding institutions (California State Library, UC Berkeley Libraries, University of California, UCSB Library, Wisconsin Historical Society Library, Duke University Libraries, Perkins Library, New-York Historical Society Library, Yale University Library and Harvard University) and no other copies currently available in the trade. Ref. RBH, wiki & OCLC accessed 07/23.
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