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Speech of Hon. P. Soulé of Louisiana, in reply to Hon. Henry Clay of Kentucky, on the measures of compromise. Delivered in the Senate of the United States, May 23, 1850.

SOULE, P[ierre].

Published by (Washington, D.C.), [foot of p. 1] Towers, Printer, 1850., 1850
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Large 8°, disbound. Caption title. Corner torn off first leaf, with loss of 3-4 letters on verso. Light browning. Overall in good condition. 16 pp. *** FIRST EDITION [?], possibly printed for use of the Congress. This speech is part of the Senate's discussion leading up to a vote on the Compromise of 1850 (passed in September 1850). It concerns territorial governments for Utah and New Mexico, and the western and northern boundaries of Texas. Soule had made a speech several days earlier to which Kentucky Senator Henry Clay responded at length. ("It was one of those feats of oratorical adroitness," says Soule here, "by which we sometimes seek to rid ourselves, at a dash, of stubborn facts and troublesome arguments.") This pamphlet includes Soule's response to Clay, plus comments by Senators Downs, Foote, Davis, Hale, and (pp. 15-16) Clay himself.Pierre Soulé (1801-1870) served as a U.S. senator from Louisiana in 1847 and from 1849-1853,when he resigned to accept an appointment as minister to Spain. He is most famous for helping to write the Ostend Manifesto (1854), which proposed annexing Cuba to the United States, an attempt by Southern slave owners to prevent themselves from being surrounded by free states on the north and west.John T. Towers (1811-1857) maintained several book and printing shops in Washington until 1852, when President Millard Fillmore appointed him superintendent of printing at the U.S. Capitol, a position that was the forerunner of the Government Printing Office.*** Not in Copac, which lists other works. Bookseller Inventory # 38103

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Title: Speech of Hon. P. Soulé of Louisiana, in ...

Publisher: (Washington, D.C.), [foot of p. 1] Towers, Printer, 1850.

Publication Date: 1850

Edition: 1st Edition

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