Pamphlet printing of the speech given by Mr. Thomas Corwin in response to General Crary and his words against presidential candidate William Henry Harrison.
Octavo, [16pp]. Bound along spine, a touch of creasing to spine, holes from previous binding visible along gutter. Faint creasing across pamphlet. (Sabin 16985)
Thomas Corwin’s speech is considered “the most brilliant combination of humor and invective ever delivered” in the House. Corwin stated that Congressman Crary, a militia general in the state of Michigan, did not participate in the militia’s parade day and instead “slices the watermelons that lie in heaps around him,” implying Crary’s lack of strength and bravery. The speech was so influential that Crary was not renominated to Congress upon the end of his term.