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 Rufus Choate letter declining invitation to speak, 1856

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Rufus Choate letter declining invitation to speak, 1856 / Maine Historical Society

Chapter 6, page 169-171.

Rufus Choate replied to the invitation of the Whig State Committee of Maine with this famous letter. Choate writes his opposition to the newly founded Republican Party, and encourages Maine Whigs to do all they can to prevent the permanent formation of this party.

The Whigs were for a united and slavery-free country for moral and commercial reasons. The Whigs felt threatened by the Republican party, for the third party threatened to tear the traditional two-party system apart.

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