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Booklet, titled "Trial of Abraham Lincoln by the Great Statesmen of the Republic. A council of the Past on the Tyranny of the Present. The Spirit of the Constitution of the Bench--Abraham Lincoln, Prisoner at the Bar, his own Counsel ..." 32pp., plus cover, Metropolitan Record, NYC, 1863. In this creative pamphlet, Lincoln stands trial before a jury of his "peers," former presidents and statesmen from American history, including Stephen A. Douglas, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John Hancock, Patrick Henry, Gouverneur Morris, Alexander Hamilton, John C. Calhoun, James Madison, George Mason, Elbridge Gerry, Andrew Jackson, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, and William Gaston. The author compiles passages from their speeches in mock dialogue with the defendant Lincoln as they contradict his defenses against their charges. Excerpts include: "Abraham Lincoln is herein charged with treasonable, intent, purposes, and designs, in having committed the following unconstitutional acts in the course of his administration: "1. In having declared war against independent and sovereign States under the pretense of repossessing himself of certain forts and other property seized and held by said States. 2. In having arrested citizens of the United States, and incarcerated them in Government bastilles, without process of law. 3. In having suppressed the liberty of speech, thereby denying to the citizen the Constitutional right of criticizing the acts of his Administration ...." The verdict in part, "'You have been tried and found wanting. You have been given the opportunity of saving a nation, but you have stabbed it to the heart. You were born in the freest country under the sun, but you have converted it into a despotism. ..."
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In This Mock Trial, Lincoln Is Found Guilty

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Final prices include buyers premium.: $562.50
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Auction closed on Saturday, October 16, 2021.
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