Letter about Missouri Compromise, 1820
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Joshua Cushman (1761-1834) of Winslow, a Democratic-Republican U.S. Representative, wrote a letter supporting the vote of Congress against the Missouri Compromise, which let Missouri join the Union as a slave state and Maine as a free state and forbid the spread of slavery to the West. Cushman noted that only one New England member of Congress voted for the compromise, Sen. John Holmes of Maine. His letter was intended to prevent Holmes re-election to the Senate after Maine Statehood went into effect.