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From Senator Sherman.


WASHINGTON, March 12, 1865. DEAR Sır: I have carefully examined your Political History of the Rebellion, and take great pleasure in commending its accuracy and completeness. You have condensed in a comparatively small space all the material political facts of the rebellion, and have provided a very good index: Your book is not only valuable as a convenient reference for dates and events, but as a substantial contribution to the history of our time. Very truly, yours,


From Representative Coz.


WASHINGTON, February 10, 1865. MY DEAR SIR: Allow me to bear my testimony to the value of your political and historical compendium. I have had occasion to test its accuracy, and find that it is not only a great labor-saving manual, but a full and truthful account of the great causes and events connected with these wonderful years of our Republic. I trust that your research and care may be abundantly rewarded by a discerning, public. With respect,

S. S. COX. Hon. EDWARD MCPAERSON. ION. THOMAS D. Eliot, in the New Bedford (Mass.) Mercury, of May, 1865: “It is the most exhaustivo digest of political facts and Congressional action which has been propared. It is an admirably condensed history, and an enlarged edition will find it cordial welcome.”

North American Reriew, January, 1805: "Of grent value for reference and consultation, for it contains a vast mass of material, judiciously selected, compactly arranged, and conveniently classified, carefully printed, and provided with a lucid iablo of contents and a good index. It will be found a desirable, alm an indispensable, supplement to tho methodical histories of the Rebellion."

llarper's Magazine, November, 1867: “No one who has not occasion to use such a work for constant reference can appreciate the numirabilo manuer in which this luas been oxecuteil."

American Literary Gazette, October 1: “It is exceedingly difficult to give a correct idea of the great value of this book in anything short of an elaborate review. The library, public or private, or the public man, who is without Mr. McPherson's history, will lack one of tho niost valuable and reliable sources of information."

Vew York Tribune, September 17: “It is beyond comparison trio fullest and most Incid conipilation of propositions, votes, nets, de., &c., in Congress, Military Ordlers, &t:, &c., (Confederato as well us Vuion,) that was ever made.”

Now York World, September 20: “A full, accurato, and clear compilation."

Nero Pork Times, October 10: “Wo assuro all who bavo occasion to study the events of the current history of the coutry that they will find it a storehouse of information, which they cannot procure in so compact a form elsewhere."

New York Posl, October 11: “It is ercry way a work closerving of the warmest commendation, as being the most completo yet compact compilation of facts and documents on the subject of which it treats, that has yet itppeared.''

Miladriphia Press, September 21: “lle lins shown vot merely industry, but juilgnient and ability in collecting, condensing, and properly iuranging his uiterials. ** Tho copious and exact index makes the book invaluable, because most rotilily accessibile for reference."

Philadelphia Age, September 21: “It is a complete synopsis of Federal and Confederate political history since 1860. No question or matter of importance is omitted."

Philadelphia North American, Suptenibor 22: “One of the most valuable political digests which have been published in this country for a long time."

Philadelphia Inquirer? “A copious, accurate, and valuable contribution to onr rntional liistory."

Philadelphia Sunulay Dispatch, September 25: "A work of reference which no politician nor citizen who desires to be well postel in the affairs of the nation can do without." Philadelphia Ledgrr, September 28: “ As a work of reference and material for the futuro historian, it is invaluable."

Philudelphia Evening T-legraph, October 26: "No one who takes any interest in the great events which have for four years convulsed our land should neglect to peruso with caro tliis rrally valuable work."

Philadelphia Erening Bullelin, October 27: “It more than fulfils the expectations that wero raised concerning it. We must express our admiratiou of the zen!, intelligence, and industry shown in the preparation of this work.”

Ballimore American, September 20: " Wu can brilly refer to another instance of such successful condensation ng this book exhibits. It requires Do puffing to attract purchasers."

Washington Nalional Intelligencer, August 26: “In no other work can they find tho materials of history so faithfully compilel, so copiously selected, and so jniliciously arrangel. To all students of history, to journalists, to publicists, and to intelligent readers of overy class, it will to an invaluablo repository of facts and memoranda relating to the eventud times in which we live."

Washinglon Chronicle, September 2: “It is the most thoronylı work of the kind we have ever seen. A volume like this eaves an immensity of labor to the legislatur, tlo ulitor, and the public speaker, ns well as to the historian "

Boston Auvrlisir, December 15: -The limits presented to tho compiler laro been used to extraordinary advantage, and for reference we know of no singlo volume approaching in value to this.”

Boston Traveller. December 15: "No other work yet publislied is equiel to it either as an anthority or for thoroughness and completeness.".

Boston Ivst, Feirmury 21, 1865: "We live given it a careful examination, and believe it is a very valuable companion for the student of the rebellion. Tho arrangement of tho matter is admirable, and this, in connection with the index, greatly facilititre investigation."

The Methodist, April 15, 1865: “Mr. McPherson hind a hard tnsk before him, and he has done it well. Jlis history is by all oudy the most valuable work of its kind yet published. * We think his the most feasible and sensible plan of writing the history of the rebellion."

Lordon Alkentum, January 7, 1865: " As far as we have been able to test it, the book is an accurate and thoronghly honest repertory of historical luta; and in that light, we doubt not, it will, in the courso of a few years, bu esteemed by writers and students of all countries and all parties."





From November 6, 1860, to April 15, 1865.

The Second Edition of this valuable and popular Work gives all the matter in the first carefully revised, with the addition of an Appendix, containing the Church Chapter, and bringing the History down, through the late Presidential Canvass and the last Session of the Union and the Rebel Congress, to the death of President Lincoln, and the overthrow of the Rebel Administration. Among its chief contents, are these: I. The Various State Papers of the Period—both Executive, Legislative, and Judicial

classified according to dates and subjects. II. A Record of the proceedings in the rebellious States between the Presidential election

of 1860 and the breaking out of the war, including the important Official Papers

produced by the Secession movement. III. The Action of the last Congress of President Buchanan's Administration, with a State

ment of each Proposition of Adjustment offered, AND THE VOTES THEREON, in Congress,

the Peace Conference, and other Adjustment Organizations. IV. The Constitution of the United States, and that of the Rebel States, with the points

of difference. V. President LINCOLN's First and Second Inaugural Addresses, his Various Annual Mes

sages, and all other papers relating to the War and its Issues. VI. Congressional, Executive, and Judicial Action respecting the Arrest of Citizens, and the

Writ of Habeas Corpus. VII. Laws, Decisions, and Votes upon Confiscation and Sequestration. VIII. The WHOLE RECORD upon proposed Compensated Emancipation, and upon the policy of

Emancipation. IX. All proposed Amendments to the Constitution of the United States; and the Votes

upon that for the ExtInCTION OF SLAVERY both in Congress and the various State

Legislatures. X. All other Votes, Orders, and Action respecting every other phase of the multiform Sla

very Question, both in the Union and the Rebel Congress. XI. The Military Legislation of the Period, together with the Orders of the Military respect

ing Elections, Impressment of Property, Occupancy of Churches, &c. XII. The Niagara Falls and Hampton Roads Peace Negotiations, and all Congressional and

Legislative Action proposed or taken on the subject of Peace. XIII. The Action of Congress, the Executive, and the Military relating to the vexed, and

still unsettled, Question of Reconstruction.
XIV. The Diplomacy, and the Financial Movements of the Period.

XV. Full lists of the Union and Rebel Administrations,
XVI. The National Conventions at Cleveland, Baltimore, and Chicago, with the Platforins,

Nominations, and Acceptances of the candidates of each.
XVII. The Correct Vote at the Presidential Election of 1860, and of 1864.
XVIII. The Church and the Rebellion-giving the Action of each Denomination since 1861 on

the State of the Country; the action of the Churches in the Rebel States; the relations of the Military to the Churches in the Border and the Insurrectionary States; and

the Reconstruction of Churches. XIX. Original Records from the Office of the Judge Advocate General, illustrating the opera

tion of Emancipation in the Southwest, and the character of the Rebellion. The work may be justly said to be a magAZINE OF Facts, arranged in logical order, or grouped in natural harmony, and contains an exhaustive Index, which makes reference to both names and subjects ready and casy.


PHILP & SOLOMONS, Publishers, METROPOLITAN Book Store, Washington, D. C.

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