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Collection Reference Number GLC03678.02
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1850 
Title Samuel Shethar to unknown discussing the Compromise of 1850
Date 22 August 1850
Author Phelps, Samuel Shethar (1793-1855)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description Docketed with blue ink. Possibly to J. H. Barrett (refer to GLC03678.01). Discusses the Compromise of 1850 (the Pearce Act) in detail. Phelps offers his opinion on the act, which related to the extension of slavery in territories acquired by the Mexican American War: "... this country is and will remain a desert and neither slavery or population will ever exist there." Phelps voted for the Compromise of 1850 because, "there was danger that the govt. itself might be dissolved if these questions about slavery were not disposed of... It was not violence that I apprehended but the... silent workings of disease in the body politic." Notes that other supporters include Webster, Winthrop, Green, Truman Smith and others (presumably Senators Daniel Webster, Robert Winthrop, and Albert Green).
Subjects Compromise of 1850  Slavery  African American History  American West  Westward Expansion  Law  Government and Civics  Congress  
People Phelps, Samuel Shethar (1793-1855)  Barrett, Joseph Hartwell (1824-1910)  Green, Albert Collins (1792-1863)  Winthrop, Robert Charles (1809-1894)  Webster, Daniel (1782-1852)  Smith, Truman (1791-1884)  
Place written Washington, D.C.
Theme Slavery & Abolition; Law; Government & Politics; Westward Expansion; African Americans; The Mexican War
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Phelps was a Senator from Vermont 1839-1854. Barrett, from Ludlow, Vermont, was a lawyer, teacher, and the editor of several newspapers.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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