Title The Syracuse Daily Journal, March 4, 1861 (Lincoln's First Inaugural Address)
Book Condition Good
Jacket Condition No Jacket
Size Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall
Publisher Syracuse The Syracuse Daily Journal 1861
Seller ID 010268
4pp. Not in Monaghan, Fish or Oakleaf. No copies located in the OCLC WorldCat. The text of Abraham Lincoln's first inaugural address is here, as is an editorial on the same. Lincoln's speech takes up almost three full columns. Quite scarce since this was printed on the same day as it was delivered, in the evening edition. The headline states, "By telegraph." Never bound in another volume, as issued. Read Lincoln's inaugural address the same way that the citizens of Syracuse, NY read of it the same evening it was delivered. "First Day" appearances of Lincoln's speech are usually considered March 5th printings. This March 4th edition is exceptionally rare. An important edition of one of the most important speeches in American history. Sandburg mentions the fact that Lincoln handed his speech (complete with manuscript annotations) to a reporter from the Washington Evening Star which was printed in that newspaper the same evening (3:126). Congressional news on the Pony Express, discussions in the Senate about secession, Corwin's bill on non-interference in the slave states, and a crowd rescues a fugitive slave from U.S. Marshalls, all on the front page. Illustrated ads for a cooking stove, a burglar proof safe, a piano forte, homeopathic remedies, a sewing machine, and alcohol. Death of Charles Way, a printer in the city of Syracuse, is attended with about five paragraphs of notice. Murder trial in Utica (murder of Lucinda McGinnis). Election Day in Honolulu. A piece on the setting of the date of the Fort Sumter attack (given here as March 10th, but did not happen until April 12-14. If Union papers were discussing it a month in advance it was hardly a suprise to anyone). Amendment of the Fugitive Slave Law. Twiggs' surrender of the US garrison in San Antonio, TX (includes an editorial on the same). Assassination plot on Abraham Lincoln during his inauguration. Folds. Foxed. Some dampstain. Worn at the folds. Creased.