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Excellent content letter, 4 pgs., St. Louis, MO, December 1, 1860, fine. Written by "Louis Adie" to his friend. Reads in part: "....but none since the election of a black republican to be President of these once United States, and direful consequences, likely to result from it, it seems especially necessary, that I should husband to the best of possible advantage the resources of my little farm, and hopefully wait to see, what the end will be. Having always understood such exalted ideas of the advantage of our national union I should be willing to cleave to it so long as there was a plank left - according to the best of my judgement, when I heard of the election of Lincoln. I consider the Union is in fact disposed, it only remaining a question of time. We are now a union in form only, without being united in feeling, and while I consider the cotton states also precipitate, the ascending of black republican principles in the administration of the government as fatal to the perpetuity of our national existence - a sad and sorrowful conclusion but as it seems inevitable. I suppose we may as well look the terrible consequences directly in the face. The wise disposer of human events may avert such a calamity, but it seems beyond the power of mortal man. I have understood some of the republicans on our country, begin to think, they have made wrong evaluations in voting for Lincoln....I think there can be no sort of question, that Missouri will go with the South by an overwhelming majority. But I did not intend to say so much about political matters. Myself and all the boys voted for Breckenridge and Lane." At that time, the term "Black Republican" did not indicate an actual African American politician, but referred to those members of the Republican Party who were sympathetic to the abolitionist movement. Many in the south felt this way about the election of Abraham Lincoln to the Presidency. An excellent content letter.
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Abraham Lincoln Is A Black Republican Letter December 1, 1860 Missouri Will Go With The South

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