Louisville, Ky.: Bradley & Gilbert, 1861. 38pp. Original green plain wrappers. Ink ownership inscription and manuscript description on front wrapper. Some very minor shelf wear, but internally clean. Very good. A tract by a Kentucky jurist in opposition to President Lincoln's suspension of HABEAS CORPUS. Samuel S. Smith was a judge on the Kentucky state Court of Appeals, had an involvement in the revision of the Kentucky legal code in 1852, and was also briefly the president of the University of Louisville. In this essay he argues against Lincoln's decision, despite the fact that he is "A thorough and devoted Unionist" and "The first Union man in Kentucky who publicly advocated for any sort of coercion as a remedy for the rebellion of the Southern states." Nicholas maintains that while the continuation of the Union is important, of still greater significance is the sanctity of the Constitution: "The preservation of the Union is worth a high price, an immense price, but it is not above all price. We cannot afford to give the destruction of the Constitution as that price." MONAGHAN 112. SABIN 55179. (Inventory #: WRCAM51701)
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