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Welles, Gideon, The Memorial Address of Charles Francis Adams upon the Death of William H. Seward

Gideon Welles Personal Copy
With Notes for Preparing a Rebuttal

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(Welles, Gideon — Signed)  THE MEMORIAL ADDRESS OF CHARLES FRANCIS ADAMS, OF MASSACHUSETTS, ON THE LIFE, CHARACTER, AND SERVICES, OF WILLIAM H. SEWARD.  DELIVERED BY INVITATION OF THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, IN ALBANY, APRIL 18, 1873.  New York:  1873.  1st ed., wraps, 47p. 

A eulogy by the able minister to Great Britain during the Civil War, given for his former boss, Lincoln’s Secretary of State.

Seward’s former cabinetmate, Secretary of the Navy Gideon Welles, felt the address was “a document which, if permitted to pass uncorrected, would be likely to contribute to, and strengthen false history…and in some respects an indorsement [sic] of aspersions derogatory to President Lincoln…by representing that the merits and success of his administration were due, not to him, but to the superior intellectual power of the Secretary of State”.

The following year, in defense of Lincoln, Welles replied with Lincoln and Seward.  Remarks Upon the Memorial Address of Chas. Francis Adams.

This is Welles’ copy of Adams’ address, signed by Welles on the front wrap and with his own margin notes and corrections in preparation for his rebuttal!  An amazing piece of Civil War historiography!  Library binding w/ original wraps (lt. soil.); lt. yellow. text; else v.g.