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Lot 396: CHARLES SUMNER'S Opinion on PRESIDENT JOHNSON'S IMPEACHMENT
29 October 2016
Rancho Santa Fe, CA, USALive Auction
Charles Sumner's Opinion on the 1868 Impeachment Trial of President Andrew Johnson
(PRESIDENT ANDREW JOHNSON'S IMPEACHMENT).
Charles Sumner on the Impeachment Proceedings against President Andrew Johnson in this historic Imprint: "Opinion of Hon. Charles Sumner, of Massachusetts, in the Case of the Impeachment of Andrew Johnson, President of the United States" (Washington: Government Printing Office, 1868) 37 pages, 10" x 8", bound with string in titled wraps, Very Fine. Extremely light dampstain at lower right on front wrap, light toning. Here, Sumner opens with, in part: "I voted against the rule of the Senate allowing Opinions to be filed in this proceeding, and regretted its adoption. With some hesitation, I now take advantage of the opportunity, if the not the invitation, which it affords. Voting 'guilty' on all the articles, I feel that there is no need of explanation or apology. Such a vote is its own best defender. But I follow the example of others..."