[N.p., but likely New Hampshire. 1846]. 8pp. Single folded sheet. Minor wear. Very good plus. Untrimmed and unopened. Item #WRCAM46152
George Barstow (1812-1883) was praised by John Greenleaf Whittier as "a young lawyer of fine talents" and "democratic principles." As a delegate to the New Hampshire Democratic Convention in the fall of 1846, during the Mexican-American War, he introduced resolutions calling for the abolition of slavery in the District of Columbia and prohibiting slavery in all future territories which might be acquired by the United States, including the Californias. The "Party Managers" - notably former U.S. Senator Franklin Pierce - denounced Barstow as a traitor to the Democratic Party. His resolutions, wrote Whittier, were "clamored down and refused a consideration." Barstow's friends then had this pamphlet printed, insisting that "the whip of the negro driver surely cannot have any terrors for the Democrats of New Hampshire, even if it be snapped at them by Frank Pierce, the dictator" and other "tyrants who rule over us." Pierce was elected to the Presidency in 1852. Only one copy located in OCLC, at the Massachusetts State Library.