Publisher: [Philadelphia: Public Ledger, 1857].
Condition: Slightly dust-soiled; fine.
Book ID: 27962
DescriptionBroadside, 19.5 x 27.5 cm, with a northeast view of the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., flanked by two six-line stanzas of verse. Engraved by J. Steel from the original rendering by architect Thomas Ustick Walter; printed in Philadelphia by James Irwin.
CommentsA handsome carrier's address celebrating the new extension of the Capitol Building in Washington, with commendatory verse on the edifice and the values it represents: "Our Nation's Capitol in all the pride / Of architecture, guards Potomacs tide / On yonder eminence it proudly stands / A shrine of Freedom built by Freemans hands." The second stanza ends on a cautious note about the possible coming storm: “Whose bright examples are looked up to still / Though brawling demagogues their places fill / Oh! May our Representatives henceforth / Be generous alike to South and North / Unheeding him who of 'Disunion' prates- / So shall we ever be the United States!"