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Lot 1531

[Garfield, James A.]. Documents of this type were rarely published in large numbers, as the cost in time and overhead to manually copy the tracts was prohibitive. Even today, in the age of word processors and photocopiers, Members of Congress rarely produce speech transcripts for public consumption - rather they are made available primarily to key constituents as proof of their activity and productivity. Printed Offset of Speech. Eight pages, octavo, Washington DC, January 28, 1864. Being one of Garfield's earliest speeches, delivered as a Member of Congress, on the floor of the House of Representatives. Yellowing due to age, with some foxing and small tears along edges. In very good condition overall.

Here, during the height of the Civil War, Garfield argues for confiscation of the property of rebels. Echoing the sentiments of many Northerners, Garfield used British Common Law, as well as precedents set by the American government during and since the Revolutionary War, arguing that the rebels had forfeited certain property rights. A valuable statement of a future President's political stance during our nation's most turbulent era.

Estimated Value $125 - 200.
Please note the extensive collection of Presidential biographies in our Political Memorabilia section.

Realized $75

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