Boston: Felch's Press, 4 Water Street, 1845. First edition. Unbound pamphlet, stitched as issued, 8.75 x 5.5 inches, 32 pages. Some light foxing and soiling; corners crimped, small closed tear to the final leaf (with no loss); in very good condition. Item #19191
Morton (an ex-governor of Massachusetts) was a Democrat who though personally opposed to slavery had tried to distance himself from the issue; his rival in the state party was the editor and Hunker Democrat, David Henshaw (so-called because the Northern Democrats who aligned themselves with the Southern interests were said to "hunker" after national office). Henshaw and Southern senators had been trying to block confirmation of Morton's appointment to collector of the port of Boston under Polk. The anonymous polemicist here answers Henshaw's charges and levels countercharges of his own having to do with pet banks, political favors, etc.