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#18 - James Buchanan

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“The Black Republicans in the Senate, as you will have perceived, disclaim all idea of interfering with Slavery in the States”
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ALS as president-elect, three pages on two adjoining sheets, 6.5 x 8, December 29, 1856. Letter to Hon. Peter D. Vroom. In part: “I think there is a pretty general acquiescence on my election throughout the Country. The Black Republicans in the Senate, as you will have perceived, disclaim all idea of interfering with Slavery in the States; & such a disclaimer from such a source is not without meaning. Commodore Stockton has done all the mischief he could to the party in New Jersey. It was his influence, I believe, which defeated Col. Alexander & he is now exerting himself against the re-election of John R. Thomson to the Senate. I hope his efforts will prove to be a failure. With you I sincerely regret the defeat of Mr. Wall, but for him, there’s a better time a coming!” In fine condition.

Buchanan had won the 1856 presidential election as the Democratic nominee, defeating the anti-slavery Republican John C. Fremont in the election. Slavery was a key issue in the campaign, and Democrats began using the term “Black Republican” as an epithet to emphasize their anti-slavery views. Their tactic worked, and despite carrying eleven northern states Fremont was walloped in the south by Buchanan. The fractured geography of America was laid bare in this election, and over the course of Buchanan’s four years, the rift would grow markedly deeper, pushing the nation towards civil war. Pre-certified PSA/DNA.

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