Appendix to the Congressional Globe, 1st & 2nd Sessions, 30th Congress 1847-1849: early speeches by Lincoln, Polk, et al.
Washington DC: Blair and Rives, 1848-1849. First Printing. Hardcover. Thick quarto, 12 x 9 inches, contemporary half red leather and marbled boards, gilt titled on spine, very good, light general rubbing and wear to binding, contents good to very good, occasional faint old tidemarks from damp-stains, first owner's signatures in ink on fore-edge margins to quite a number of the issues, somewhat trimmed, suggesting that these were bound up from individual issues by the previous owner(s) from Canonsburg, PA (the name is "Col. Dickson" on several of these: John Dickson, a colonel in the US army who lived in Canonsburg till 1850 when he then moved with his wife and family to Milan, IL; and a Coleman, also from Canonsburg). 1213 & 355 pp. Much on slavery, the war with Mexico, territorial issues in Oregon, New Mexico and California. With two lengthy messages from the President (Polk) and several other contributions by him, and perhaps most interesting, the full text of Lincoln's speech on Mexico in which he broke with his Whig Party in critiquing Polk, considered his first important speech as a Congressman from Illinois, another speech on appropriations and the budget, and a third speech on Mexico. Much also by Buchanan, Houston, Calhoun, Stephen Douglas and others who would play a significant role in the Civil War. Much on slavery including on the Amistad slaves, the Slavery Question, state's rights, tarifs, Texas boundary, Yucatan and more. These are practically the earliest reasonably obtainable published works by Lincoln. Very good. Item #H29598