Letters to Chas. O’Conor. The Destruction of The Union is Emancipation.
Jenkins 223:118 catalogued a similarly-titled edition of this pamphlet: “A series of nine lengthy letters (dated Aug.-Oct 1860) by a prominent Alabamian to Charles O’Conor, the well-known New York lawyer. Macon demands strict adherence to slavery as a social and legal necessity, although a moral injustice. The issue of slavery in the territories receives full constitutional and legal commentary. Very scarce.”
Further, of Macon: “Macon became one of the first southerners to realize that the expansion of federal power posed a lethal threat to slavery, claiming ... During the Missouri controversy of 1819–1820, Macon openly defended slavery on the floor of Congress. Anticipating the proslavery argument of the antebellum era, he argued that slaves were more kindly treated and better cared for than any poor people in the world. He was the only southerner to vote against the final admission of Missouri, determined that this slave state should be admitted without any provisions regarding the peculiar institution.” (ANB)
Description: Letters to Chas. O’Conor. The Destruction of The Union is Emancipation.
Philadelphia: John C. Campbell, Bookseller [...], 1862. 8vo, 38pp. Printed wrappers, dbd, rmvd., lacks lower wrap, else clean and very good.
Sabin 43617 (ref). Bartlett 2912 (ref).