[New York: Society for the Diffusion of Political Knowledge, ca. 1864-1865]. First edition. 8vo, unbound, 16 pages, printed in double columns. Some light foxing and soiling; a very good copy. Item #11901
At the head of the title, "Papers from the Society for the Diffusion of Political Knowledge." An argument from Samuel F. B. Morse's reactionary pro-slavery organization, warning of the ruinous consequences of the war debt (with reference to English labor) and the economic effects of emancipation. In part, Kettell claims Lincoln's plan to colonize freedmen in Central America will ruin northern industry and that it will ultimately benefit the blacks if the Constitution is "restored and preserved" (i.e. if emancipation is repealed and they remain slaves). "Thus the difference between union, peace, and the Constitution, and disunion, war, and anarchy, is immense national prosperity, including that of the black race." Sabin 37254.