[Election of 1848]. [Free Soil Party]. The Charles F. Adams Platform, or a Looking Glass for the Worthies of the Buffalo Convention. [Washington: 1848]. Octavo. 8pp, caption title, double columns, folded folio sheet. Untrimmed. Some minor foxing, creasing and edgewear. Very good. Sabin 189, 12029. Wise & Cronin 43.

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    A funny look at the transformation of Martin Van Buren, from the National Democratic Party's leader to the Free Soilers' 1848 Presidential candidate, with Charles Francis Adams as his running mate. Like other critics, this author charges that Van Buren's change of heart resulted from the Democrats' rejection of him as their standard-bearer in 1844. "MARTIN VAN BUREN PERCHES HIMSELF ON THE PLATFORM OF FREE SOIL. It is done quick as a flash! One moment he is here! Next there! First, and now for a long time, wholly for the South; and now a little for the North..."

    The ticket is "a marriage extraordinary between all that is superlative and rampant in modern Democracy, and all that is cold, selfish, austere, and vinegar-like, in the remains of American aristocracy, dying out and tapering off in the third generation." The pamphlet mocks the Free Soilers with Adams's past criticisms of Van Buren's unprincipled expediency.


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