3 December 2010
FILLMORE, Millard. A.L.S. to Solomon G. Haven, Washington 12 January 1840. 1p., 4to.
"A LITTLE TOO MUCH BLARNEY AND DEMAGOGUEISM ABOUT FOREIGNERS"
A strong political letter with an ironic twist: the future Know Nothing candidate for President blasts Lincoln's future Secretary of State for demagoguery on the immigration issue. "We got governor Seward's message last night," Fillmore tells his former law partner Haven. "I have only progressed as far as the currency... Thus far it goes very well. A little too much blarney and demagogueism about foreigners. This is small game and will hardly pay for the ammunition. His idea that there is no difference between a non resident and a resident debtor so far as imprisonment is concerned is most clearly erroneous." The opposite was the case, Fillmore points out, since "the only way [non-resident's] property can be reached is through their persons. If they have none, they have the benefit of our insolvent laws." Fillmore ends with an exasperated observation: "Nothing done today in our House but talk..."
Contact Client Service
New York +1 212 636 2000
London +44 (0)20 7839 9060
Asia +852 2760 1766
PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION
Join our specialists for a closer look at some of the treasures we’ve offered at auction
Mark Wiltshire, Associate Specialist in Science & Books, walks us through the history of Christianity’s most influential printed text
Our Books and Manuscripts specialists advise on a richly rewarding and ever-evolving collectors’ market
A look at how The Frick, LACMA, The Met, The Bass, The Guggenheim and others are making their treasures available online
Everything you need to know about the artists, print processes, studios and terminology — plus a whole lot more