A Man of the Border States Proposes Constitution Amendments to End the Civil War [Broadside]. "Curtius" Proposed Amendments to the Constitution of the United States, With Reasons Why They Should be Adopted. [Np: S.n., 1861]. 17" x 11" broadside, untrimmed left-hand margin, text in three columns below headline. Signed in type, at end of text by "Curtius." Moderate toning and light foxing, vertical and horizontal fold lines, several small holes to left-hand margin, splits along folds expertly repaired, repair to vertical split through center of text with minor loss to text, legibility not affected. $3,500. * An apparently unrecorded broadside by a man "of the Border States," written before the adoption of the provisional Confederate constitution in February 1861. Hoping to avert "the coercion of States by arms," Curtius offers several constitutional amendments which will "thoroughly eradicate the causes of discontent" that now rend the Union. Curtius's amendments prohibit the international importation of slaves into any state, permit the migration of slaves from one state or territory into another, "except by authority of the States, each within its own jurisdiction," authorize Congress to pass any legislation necessary for the effectuation of these amendments and prohibit their repeal except by the States's unanimous vote. He argues that slavery would thus disperse itself out of the nation over time: "Leave slavery to the operation of natural laws, to God and the States, and in due time He through them will work out its end as He thinketh meet." Curtius was unlikely to draw anti-slavery support: Congress had already prohibited the international importation of slaves in 1808, most slave-owners and slave-sellers were interested in reviving the international slave trade, and few people believed slavery would be eliminated by geographical dispersion. This broadside is rare. No copies listed on OCLC or in the online catalogues of the American Antiquarian Society, Huntington Library, New York Public Library, Newberry Library, Columbia University, Harvard University, Yale University, UC-Berkeley, University of Michigan or University of Texas. Not in Nevins, Bartlett, Eberstadt, Parrish & Willingham, Crandall or Sabin.
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