After the nomination of Lewis Cass as the Democratic candidate for president in 1848, a committee of men from Alabama asked Tazewell to run against him. In the first letter, Tazewell declines the invitation, though he also disagrees with the...
The committee was composed of seven men: Henry Semple, William Lowndes Yancey, S. Heydenfeldt, John A. Campbell, N. Harris, John A. Elmore, and Thomas S. Mays. In the letter they discuss the recent nomination of Lewis Cass as the Democratic...
Yancey discusses his withdrawal from the Democratic National Convention in Baltimore; the main points of the Wilmot Proviso, which sought to prevent the introduction of slavery into any territory acquired from Mexico; and the "permanent evil" to be...
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