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Debate on the Compromise of 1850... Emigrants for the California gold fields...
Item # 682921
August 03, 1850
NATIONAL INTELLIGENCER, Washington, D.C., Aug. 3, 1850 Fully half of the front page is taken up with: "Debate In The Senate - The Compromise Bill" This would be the "Compromise of 1850" championed by Henry Clay, which would determine whether new territories gained in the Mexican War would be slave or free. Ultimately the compromise would only delay civil war by ten years.
The back page has an editorial on: "The Compromise Bill" as well as a terrific report "From Fort Laramie" on the emigrants from the East heading to the gold fields in California passing thru Laramie. It reports the horrors & devastation including: "...History presents no parallel. Thirty-five thousand persons have already passed this point & there are some ten thousand still behind. The number of wags is somewhere near eight thousand. The cholera has made its appearance...This is no great mortality taking into consideration the utter destitution of many...The amount of rascality on the road is almost beyond believe; there is hardly a crime that has not been perpetrated from murder down...".
Four pages, nice condition.
Category: Pre-Civil War