Printed broadside, 9 x 19 in. Address to the People of Maryland. Annapolis, MD: January 3, 1861. Signed in print by Thomas H. Hicks (1798-1865), the pro-slavery, anti-secession governor of Maryland credited with preventing the state from seceding from the Union.
Acknowledging the "peculiar. . .position" of his state, both geographically and otherwise, Hicks writes, "As a Border Slaveholding State [Maryland] would especially suffer in the utter destruction of a cherished domestic institution. . .[and] no man, who who has a real stake in the community would consent to embark in such a future." Hicks reiterates his opposition to secession, stating that it is the "duty of all of us, and especially of those placed in authority, to endeavor to prevent the occurrence of such a catastrophe, by opposing anything even tending to produce [secession]." To this end, he reaffirmed his refusal to call a secessionist convention in Maryland, as he had been pressured to do, writing that it will do little to "remove the present troubles which beset the Union." The state legislature was ultimately convened that February, however, following the formation of the Confederacy.
Brittleness and light spotting. Minor losses at top and bottom edges, only slightly detrimental to one line of text.
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