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Ratifying "Seward's Folly"...



Item # 702873

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.

Item from Catalog 341 (released for April, 2024)

Category: Post-Civil War