[LINCOLN, 1860 CAMPAIGN BROADSIDE]. The Dismissal of Workmen from Colt's Pistol Factory. A Black Republican Address for Political Effect! Its Misrepresentations Corrected! [Hartford, Connecticut, ca.22 March 1860]. Large folio (19¼ x 12 3/8 in.), heading in large type, text in three columns, light foxing.
DEMOCRATIC CLAIMS OF AN "IRREPRESSIBLE CONFLICT" BETWEEN LINCOLN AND SEWARD On his trip to the East to deliver the Cooper Union Address (February 27, 1860), Lincoln made a campaign swing through Rhode Island, New Hampshire, and Connecticut, visiting Hartford on March 5, where he spoke at the City Hall. He was escorted to his hotel by members of the first Lincoln Wide-Awake Club, carrying oil-burning torches. During the ensuing campaign, Wide-Awakes there and in other cities held torch-light parades and rallies in support of the Republican ticket.
The extensive text describes this interesting local election year controversy in considerable detail. Evidently, Samuel Colt--an industrialist with Democratic leanings--had discharged a number of workers at his arms manufactory. Local Republicans accused him of deliberately targeting anti-slavery workers and passed a resolution complaining of "proscription for political opinion," and "oppression of free labor by capital." Colt publicly denied these charges and the text includes several letters supporting his innocence. In column three, the anonymous compiler of this diatribe prints quotations from recent speeches of Lincoln and Seward side-by-side, under the heading: "An 'Irrepressible Conflict.' Lincoln and Stanton. The abolitionists, according to the Courant and Press, 'enthusiastically cheered' BOTH of the following addresses." The Lincoln passages quoted are directly taken from his address in Hartford, 5 March, as reported in the Hartford Daily Courant and Evening Press. (For the complete text, see Basler, 4:2-13). VERY RARE.