Washington: Gales & Seaton, 1830.
Softcover. Very good. 96 pp, in original self-wrappers, untrimmed. Light foxing throughout, but overall a very nice, clean copy. The bibliographic history (and priority) of this pamphlet is muddy (For a review of the many issues, see Clapp, The Speeches of Daniel Webster, Papers of the Bibliographic Society of America Vol. 13). This is the longer issue (96 as opposed to 76 pages) and has the words "Ah! Sir" near the end of the final page. One of the most famous and important political speeches of the nineteenth century, and the one that firmly established Webster's reputation as the nation's greatest orator. In it, Webster eloquently argues for the supremecy of the Constitution and the inviolability of the Union. Howes W-200: "Most famous American oration of the nineteenth century, presenting the doctrine of a Union paramount and indissoluble." Sabin 102272.