[Washington]: [Buell & Blanchard, Printers], 1858-1890. Pamphlet. Octavo. 8 pages [+single sheet, card]. The speech is printed on a single sheet and folded to octavo size, leaves unopened. Fine condition. The letter has wrinkles, some staining, old folds, and a 1" tear in left margin. The calling card is in fine condition.
John Bingham was an important anti-slavery politician and lawyer before the Civil War. In this speech he vigorously opposes a bill that would have admitted Kansas as a state, provided they adopted the pro-slavery Lecompton Constitution which had been rejected by voters in the Territory just a few months earlier.
Bingham continued to play an important role in politics and history, servicing as a prosecutor in the trial of Lincoln's assassins and drafting crucial parts of the 14th Amendment.
Also included is an 1890 typewritten letter to Bingham and a printed calling card from Bingham's wife. The letter is from one H. G[?]. Hanna requesting a recommendation for a position with the World's Fair Commission at Chicago, and is a fairly early example typewritten correspondence.