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    The man who gave the warm-up speech at Gettysburg

    Edward Everett Handwritten Speech. A manuscript in Everett's hand of a speech he gave at the Charter Square [Boston] Flag Raising, April 27, 1861, shortly after the start of the Civil War. Sold with the original transmittal envelope addressed to the office of the "Gazette" newspaper, with a short ALS of Everett, reading: "I have scratched this off so hastily, that you might let me see a proof. E.E." The five-page, corrected speech urges unity and resolve in the looming conflict. "All former differences of opinion are swept away; we forget that we have ever been partisans; we remember only that we are Americans and that our Country is in peril... When on this day fortnight, the 13th of April, (a day forever to be held in inauspicious remembrance) [somehow we prefer FDR's "... a day which shall live in infamy!"]... the standard of United America... had, in the harbor of Charleston been, for a day and a half, the target of eleven patricidal batteries, one deep, unanswered, spontaneous feeling shot with the tidings through the bosom of twenty millions of freemen, that its outraged honor must be vindicated." He mentions his past cordial relationships with the South and efforts at conciliation and hopes that the home and tomb of Washington will be spared from desecration (Everett's speechmaking raised $70,000 towards its purchase and restoration). He predicts that the lack of a navy and open access to harbors will work against the South and subject it to harassment by European and third-rate powers impatient with the filibustering of Cuba. Unlike the two-hour speech at Gettysburg, at the sponsor's request, Edward kept this one "pithy and to the point."

    Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500.

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    June, 2010
    26th Saturday
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