United States . President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
The preliminary proclamation dated September 22, 1862. Cover title. Caption title: By the President of the United States: A proclamation. First and only contemporary printing of the Emancipation Proclamation in book form. Issued by Boston industrialist and abolitionist John Murray Forbes, for distribution to blacks by Union troops. -- See Letters and recollections of John Murray Forbes (Boston, 1899). Issued in buff printed wrappers; quotation on back cover, "Slavery the chief corner-stone. 'This stone (slavery), which was rejected by the first builders, is become the chief stone of the corner in our new edifice.' -- Speech of Alex. H. Stephens, vice-president of the so-called Confederate States, delivered March 21, '61." Eberstadt, C. Lincoln's Emancipation proclamation, 15; Monaghan, J. Lincoln, 147. UMass Amherst Special Collections copy with contemporary envelope addressed to Senator Samuel Arnold of Rhode Island, in blue half morocco and cloth box. This publication is the "official" four millionth volume of the University Library's collection.