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#23 - James Buchanan

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Complimenting the “the beautiful felicity of language” in an 1864 speech on equality

ALS, one page both sides, 6.25 x 8, November 8, 1864. Letter to Jeremiah S. Black, who had served in Buchanan’s cabinet as both attorney general and secretary of state. In part: “I have just received your favor of the 5th Instant with a copy of your speech. This I had read immediately after it was published with admiration. It displays the beautiful felicity of language which you have always at command not to speak of its other morals. I should be glad to have a copy of [your son] Chauncy’s speech. That which he made during the last Campaign. I considered equal or nearly equal to your own.” Intersecting folds (a horizontal fold bisecting the signature), mounting remnants along the left edge, and show-through from writing to opposing sides, otherwise fine condition. Buchanan writes in reference to a speech given by Black in Philadelphia on October 24, entitled ‘The Doctrines of the Democratic and Abolition Parties Contrasted: Negro Equality, The Conflict between ‘Higher Law’ and the Law of the Land.’ Accompanied by a modern reprint of Black’s speech. Also notable is that the date, November 8, was election day, which saw Abraham Lincoln win a second term in office. Pre-certified John Reznikoff/PSA/DNA.

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