1852 · New York
A New York lawyer who was born in Ireland, Robinson was appointed Lincoln's assessor of internal revenue for his district in 1862. Speaking before the Scott and Graham Clubs of the Fourth Congressional District, he attempts to sway the votes of increasingly influential Catholics in the 1852 presidential election. The Democrats' presidential candidate, Franklin Pierce, is an anti-Catholic bigot. "When Religious Liberty needed a champion Gen. Pierce was found-- wanting." New Hampshire refused the privilege of public office to Catholics. Pierce and his New Hampshire Democratic Party opposed "Catholic Emancipation" during the recent New Hampshire Convention. Robinson marshals a mass of evidence to support his charges.
Robinson supports Winfield Scott. "General Scott commends himself to the support of all sects, sections, and parties." He warns his fellow Irishmen that they "have been misled by the specious" claims of Democrats, and that their religious freedom depends on a vote for the Whig Scott.
Sabin 72211. (Inventory #: 28578)