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3 July 1861: “Lt. Gen’l Winfield Scott, &c., &c., &c. SIR: Some persons who depreciate your greatness, declare that your vanity is so excessive that it even rejects the sympathy of your friends.”

Item description: An editorial written, as a letter to General Winfield Scott, by an anonymous “southern spy.” The author was later identified as Edward Alfred Pollard (1832–1872). Item citation: From catalog #2824 Conf. in the Rare Book Collection, Wilson Library, … Continue reading

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30 May 1861: “To the President of the United States: SIR: The course of despotism is that of rapid and aggravated progression.”

Item Description: Editorial written anonymously by a “southern spy” decrying Abraham Lincoln a despot for his alleged violations of civil liberties. “A citizen remaining in the Union is no longer free,” the writer suggests. Item Citation: From catalog #2824 Conf. … Continue reading

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