Skip to main content
Go to accessibility notice

    Description

    John A. Wharton. Speech of the Hon. John A. Wharton, In Defence of the Hon. S. Rhoads Fisher. Delivered Before the Texian Senate, November 25, 1837. Houston: Telegraph Press, 1838. 8vo. 53pp. Pamphlet bound in heavy parchment, the covers of which are puckered. Pages lightly browning along edges; scattered foxing. One sheet, comprising pages 35-38, is detached but present. Overall, a near-very good copy.

    The text of John Wharton's speech delivered on the Senate floor defending Samuel Rhoads Fisher in light of his recent suspension as Secretary of the Navy by President Sam Houston (whom he viciously and personally attacks in this speech). "Wharton in this brilliant defense quotes charges against Fisher in a message of President Houston of November 2, 1837, which can no longer be found, though it is apparently quite fully paraphrased in Fisher's draft in the Lamar Papers. Speech seems to have been unrestrained in those days for Wharton, p. 43, refers to Houston as 'that bloated mass of inebriety and insanity, of hypocrisy, vanity and villainy; when I see him sitting like an incubus, and weighing down the hopes and paralyzing the energies of our infant republic ... my soul sickens and I turn with horror from the scene..'" (Streeter 307) Although the Senate initially voted that Fisher resume his duties as Secretary of the Navy, it was ultimately decided "on the grounds of harmony and expediency [to] advise and consent to the removal ... but in doing so they must do the Secretary the justice to say that the President has not adduced sufficient evidence that proves him guilty of dishonorable conduct." (Streeter)

    Reference: Streeter 307. Raines, p. 217. Sabin 103103. Howes W302.


    Shipping, Taxes, Terms and Bidding
    Calculate Standard Domestic Shipping

    Sales Tax information  |  Terms and Conditions

    Bidding Guidelines and Bid Increments

    Glossary of Terms

    Auction Info

    Auction Dates
    June, 2008
    14th Saturday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 1
    Lot Tracking Activity: N/A
    Page Views: 769

    Buyer's Premium per Lot:
    19.5% of the successful bid (minimum $9) per lot.

    Sold for: Sign-in or Join (free & quick)

    Heritage membership

    Join Now - It's Free

    VIEW BENEFITS
    1. Past Auction Values (prices, photos, full descriptions, etc.)
    2. Bid online
    3. Free Collector newsletter
    4. Want List with instant e-mail notifications
    5. Reduced auction commissions when you resell your
      winnings 
    Consign now
    • Cash Advances
    • More Bidders
    • Trusted Experts
    • Over 200,000 Satisfied Consignors Since 1976
    Only 2 days left to consign to the "Say it Loud" The John Silverstein Collection of African American Social History!

    Learn about consigning with us

    This was my first time dealing with an auction house, and I am 100% completely impressed with Heritage. There is not an aspect of this process that I have a critique for.
    Darryl S.,
    Stuart, FL
    View More Testimonials

    HA.com receives more traffic than any other auction house website. (Source: Similarweb.com)

    Video tutorial

    Getting the most out of search

    Recent auctions

    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    2018 November 10-11 The David and Janice Frent Collection of Presidential & Political Americana, Part IV - Dallas
    REALIZED SO FAR $656,222