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WILLIAM H. SEWARD.
EDITED BY GEORGE E. BAKER.
With a Portrait and views of Mr. Seward's Birthplace and Residence. In Five Volumes, 8vo, $3.00 each ; the set, cloth, $15.00; half calf, $30.00.
On the roll of American Statesmen few names are worthy to stand so high as that of William H. Seward. His public life covered more than forty years, in which many questions of the highest importance challenged consideration. Among these ques
Popular Education in all its phases; Internal Improvements, embracing the entire history of the origin, completion, and proposed enlargement of the Erie Canal, and of the New York and Erie and other railroads; Slavery, its rights and prerogatives, and the duties and obligations of the free States in regard to it; the Public Land Question, with a history and discussion of the Anti-Rent troubles in New York; Crime and its penalties; Political Economy, in its adaptation to our national condition ; the Fugitive Slave Law; the Annexation of Cuba; the Maintenance of the National Honor; the Protection of American Rights; Treaty for the Suppression of the Slave Trade ; Treaty for the acquisition of Alaska ; Treaty with China ; Treaty for an Interoceanic Canal at Darien ; Treaties affecting Naturalization ; the Trent Affair ; the Emancipation Proclamation ; the Thirteenth and Fourteenth Amendments to the Constitution, etc.
All these were discussed by Mr. Seward with a freedom, vigor, and clearness seldom, if ever, equalled. He brought to them a broad intelligence, a thoroughly trained mind, and, best of all, a strong love of justice, and a deeply humane spirit. His treatment of controverted questions was at once philosophical and practical; he stated with great force and perspicuity the principles involved, and sought to deduce from these the spirit and method which should control decision and consequent action.
As lawyer, as state legislator, as Governor of New York, as United States Senator, as Secretary of State, --- whatever position he filled, his luminous mind contributed largely to enlighten
the public intelligence, to heighten the sense of honor and justice and humanity in the community, and to realize the most generous hopes and visions of the Founders of the Republic.
His Addresses, Messages, Speeches, and Diplomatic Correspondence form an important contribution to the literature of American Statesmanship, and cannot fail of a hearty welcome from those who duly appreciate the value of these papers and the influence they have exerted on public opinion. Four volumes were published during Mr. Seward's lifetime. The contents of these are as follows:
CONTENTS OF VOL. I.
tion of Mayors by the People -- Prison Discipline – Corporations - Colonial His-
SPEECHES AND DEBATES IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED States. Freedom in the New Territories, in District of Columbia, in New Mexico, in Europe
- French Spoliations — Kossuth – Exiles of Ireland - American Steam Naviga-
Patent Cases – Fugitive Slave Law - Defence of Abel F. Fitch, etc.
CONTENTS OF VOL. II.
NOTES ON NEW YORK. Government — Education – the Clergy – the Legal and Medical Professions - In. ternal Improvements - Political History, etc.
ANNUAL MessAGES TO THE LEGISLATURE. 1839, 1840, 1811, 1842 — Internal Improvements - Enlargement of Canal — Rail
roads Education – Immigration – Legal Reform – the Currency - Free Banking - Prison Discipline -- Anti-Rent Troubles, etc
lature, 1831 - Do., 1832 — Do., 1834 — Do., 1837, etc.
*Nature and Laws would be in an ill case, if slavery should find what to say for itself, and Liberty
ORATIONS AND DISCOURSES.
Eulogy on Lafayette, 1834 - Oration on Daniel O'Connell – Oration on John Quincy Adams – Discourse on Education, 1837 – Discourse on Agriculture, 1842 - Ireland and Irishmen, 1844 - True Greatness of our Country - Farms and Farmers, 1852, etc.
OCCASIONAL SPEECHES AND ADDRESSES. The Union, 1825 — For Greece, 1827 — Sunday Schools, 1839 — Croton Celebration
- John Quincy Adams, 1843 – Cleveland Speech, 1848 - St. Patrick's Dinner Elections — Internal Improvements, etc.
GENERAL CORRESPONDENCE. Letters to William Jay, Gen. Gaines, E. C. Delavan, Daniel Webster, Henry Clay, John Quincy Adams, Thomas Ewing, Thomas Clarkson (England), Bishop Hughes, John C. Spencer, Rev. Dr. Nott, Lewis Gaylord Clark, Silas Wright, Luther Bradish, Gerrit Smith, James Bowen, George Bliss, H. C. Westervelt, Boston Convention (1851), St. Patrick's Society, etc.
LETTERS FROM EUROPE. Nos. 1 to 68. England, Scotland, Ireland, France, etc.
CONTENTS OF VOL. IV.
ORATIONS AND ADDRESSES. The Destiny of America — The True Basis of American Independence -- The Phys. ical, Moral, and Intellectual Development of the American People -- The Pilgrims and Liberty.
BIOGRAPHY OF DeWitt CLINTON. POLITICAL SPEECHES (FROM 1855 to 1860), INCLUDING THOSE FAMOUS WESTERN
SPEECHES IN THE LINCOLN CAMPAIGN OF 1860. SpeechES IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES (FROM 1854 to 1861). Appendix. SPEECHES AT AND FOLLOWING THE CHICAGO CONVEXTION OF 1860.
The fifth and concluding volume is now published, with a new edition of the previous volumes. This volume comprises a Memoir, reciting all the great political events which occured in the United States during the period of 1861-9, in which Mr. Seward bore a conspicuous part, with notices of his extended travels and occasional speeches after his retirement from office in 1869 to his death in 1872. The volume includes a Journal or Diary of the War, such as Mr. Seward furnished our Ministers abroad for their information in regard to military affairs at home.
It also contains selections from Mr. Seward's Diplomatic Correspondence, embracing those remarkable despatches which attracted so much attention at home and abroad.
The volume closes with a number of important speeches by Mr. Seward, with Cabinet papers never before made public. This volume may fairly be called “ The Diplomatic Ilistory of the War for the Union," under which title it is published and sold, separately.