“annexation of Texas… would be madness“

A Letter to the Hon. Henry Clay, on the Annexation of Texas to the United States.

Boston: James Munroe and Company, 1837.

First edition. 72 pp. 1 vols. 8vo. “annexation of Texas… would be madness“. Disbound, stitchmarks. Some light spotting but a very good copy of this interesting pamphlet. Signed W.A. Whitehead Sabin 11912. Item #19909

Channing believed that the annexation would be disastrous for the Union, from extending and perpetuating slavery, worrying that extending the borders might loosen the fabric of the nation, and would “exert a disastrous influence on the moral sentiments and principles of this country by encouraging lawless specuation, by bringing into the confederacy a community whose whole history and circumstances are adverse to moral order and wholesome restraint, by violating national faith, by proposing immoral and inhuman ends, by placing us as a people in opposition to the efforts of philanthropy and the advancing movements of the civilized world.” William Adee Whitehead's copy, with his signature. The New Jersey author-historian (1810-1884) was sometime commissioner of public schools, was connected with the New Jersey railroad and transportation, a member of numerous historical and antiquarian societies and was a founder and president of the Newark Library Association and longtime corresponding secretary for the New Jersey Historical Society.

Price: $150.00