Millard Fillmore on Civil War: Abolitionists Pervert Cause and Lincoln Tempts Tyranny

March 3, 1862

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Millard Fillmore on Civil War: Abolitionists Pervert Cause and Lincoln Tempts Tyranny
Autograph Letter Signed
3 pages | SMC 1767

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      Fillmore has forgiven Chamberlain’s newspaper, The World, for veering off into Republicanism, now that it seems to have come back to its Democratic roots; he renews, then, the subscription he cancelled, and congratulates it for resisting the “Abolitionist” assault on the Constitution and indeed, the country:

      I admire very much the able and independent manner in which the World, has…resisted the abolition attemp
      [t]s to destroy the Constitution & prevent a reunion of the states, by perverting this war into a war for emancipation - and for rebrobating [sic] fuly [sic] the great outrages upon liberty and law, in arresting and imprisoning men in the loyal states without warrant of law. The patience with which this has been submitted to, shows that our people are nearly prepared to receive a master, and submit to a tyrant. It makes my blood boil to think of it. But enough!

      Fillmore, who had no use for Lincoln in 1860, had even less in 1864: he vigorously supported McClellan for President.


      Autograph Letter Signed, 3 pages, recto and verso, octavo, Buffalo [New York], March 3, 1862. To Ivory Chamberlain.
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