Home > Back to Search Results > Buchanan's 1857 state-of-the-union address to the nation...
Click image to enlarge 655321
Show image list »

Buchanan's 1857 state-of-the-union address to the nation...

Item # 655321

December 09, 1857

DAILY NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Dec. 9, 1857 

* President James Buchanan
* State of the Union Address
* Best title to be had - rare a such

A portion of the front page and most of page 2 are taken up with: "The President's Message" which was the annual state-of-the-union address of the President to the nation, signed in type at its conclusion: James Buchanan.
Within the very lengthy address Buchanan address the major issues of the year both domestic & international. Not the least of the concerns is the situation in Kansas. One bit notes: "...Should she be admitted into the Union with a constitution either maintaining or abolishing slavery, against the sentiment of the people, this could have no other effect than to continue & to exasperate the existing agitation..." with much more including mention of the Kansas-Nebraska Act. Further on: "...A large majority of the Convention were in favor of establishing slavery in Kansas. They accordingly inserted an article in the constitution for this purpose...Whether Kansas shall be a free or a slave State must eventually, under some authority, be decided by an election...".
There is also good content concerning the situation in Utah with Brig the Mormons, including talk of Brigham Young: "...His power has been, therefore, absolute over Church and State. The people of Utah, almost exclusively, belong to this church; and believing with a fanatical spirit that he is governor of the territory by Divine appointment, they obey his commands as if these were direct revelations from Heaven..." with much more.
Much talk also concerning our relations with the Native Americans.
Complete in four pages, some light damp staining near the bottom, generally nice condition. Folder size noted is for the issue folded in half.
Terrific to have this document in this famous title from the nation's capital.

Category: Pre-Civil War