Boston: Sewell Phelps, 1819. 22pp. Gathered signatures, string-tied, as issued. String loosening. Intermittent tanning and a bit of spotting. Good. Untrimmed and partially unopened. Item #WRCAM44935
This scarce memorial was written by a committee chaired by Daniel Webster, at the request of the inhabitants of Boston and vicinity. Written at the height of the controversy over the admission of Missouri into the Union, which culminated in the Missouri Compromise, the text is a strong statement against the extension of slavery into new states and territories. "If the progress of this great evil is ever to be arrested, it seems to the undersigned that this is the time to arrest it." A strong case is made for the authority of the federal government in the matter, as opposed to the rights of individual states. In Webster's typical style he lays out the historical groundwork and legal reasoning for his position. Future Boston mayor and Harvard president Josiah Quincy was also on the committee that drafted this MEMORIAL. Not in Work or Dumond. SABIN 47707. AMERICAN IMPRINTS 47390. Robert Remini, DANIEL WEBSTER, pp.168-69.