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Ratifying "Seward's Folly"...



Item # 652699

April 10, 1867

SPRINGFIELD DAILY REPUBLICAN, Massachusetts, April 10, 1867 

* Alaska purchase - Seward's Folly
* William H. Seward - Russia
* Votes for ratification - success


Page 4 has a somewhat inconspicuous yet very historic report headed: "Washington" "Special Dispatch to the Republican" "The Purchase of Russia-America". The report mentions there were votes against it and: "...Three or four republican senators have indicated their purpose to oppose the whole project to the last...at 5 o'clock, however, a vote was taken & the treaty was ratified by the requisite two-thirds vote. The handful of democrats present of course voted for the treaty. Secretary Seward is in high glee over the result." 
Eight pages, very nice condition.

Category: Post-Civil War

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