Little Brown and Company, ( 1862), Boston
viii, (9)-34 pp.
According to Google Books, “This little booklet is a critique of Abraham Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation written by a former Supreme Court Justice who denounced the actions of the President as those of a usurper and a military despot… Not only did Curtis view the war against the South as just, but he had also been the author of one of the two dissenting opinions in the 1857 Dred Scott v. Sandford case before resigning from the Supreme Court.” The pamphlet is signed on the title page by William H. Potter, who was a Lincoln appointee as Assessor of Internal Revenue. He has made extensive manuscript underlinings and notes in the text, indicating a close reading. The original pamphlet, with printed wrappers intact, has been bound into half calf over marbled boards. An 1888 inscription on the pastedown by Potter indicates that he had it rebound because “it is well worth preserving, reading & practicing too.” Also with the 1963 ownership inscription of legendary Rhode Island appraiser and dealer Nino Scotti.