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Lot 74: EVERETT, EDWARD. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, entitled "The Baltimore Convention,"
01 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
Description: EVERETT DISMISSES THE FRACTURE IN THE WANING WHIG PARTY EVERETT, EDWARD. Autograph Manuscript, unsigned, entitled "The Baltimore Convention," draft for a newspaper article or speech, proposing the place, date, and candidates for the 1852 Whig National Convention. 3 1/4 pages, 4to, written on a single folded sheet; pin holes at upper edge. Boston, 1852
". . . [T]he views expressed by Mr. Webster in March 1850 [his "Seventh of March" speech supporting the Compromise of 1850] . . . led to some division among the Whigs of Massachusetts, as of other states. A portion . . . were led to turn their thoughts toward General Scott as a candidate for the Presidency, under the impression that in this respect he occupied different ground form Mr. Webster. . . . General Scott avowed his Approval of Mr. Webster's speech of the 7th March . . . .
"Such being the case, there has ceased to be any ground for transferring the first choice of Massachusetts from Mr. Webster to General Scott; & it may be confidently anticipated that all consistent Whigs who had been inclined to do so will now return to their former preference . . . ."
At the Baltimore convention in June, presidential candidate Daniel Webster received comparatively few votes, despite Everett's professed expectations to the contrary; eventually Winfield Scott was selected to be the Whig candidate. Webster died little more than a week before Democrat Franklin Pierce was elected president. By the next presidential election, the Whig party would cease to be an important force in American politics.