Washington, DC? 1861. First Edition. Octavo (23.5cm.); self-wrappers; 8pp. Quite dust-soiled and slightly worn from handling, else a Very Good, unopened copy. Address delivered just nine days before Jefferson Davis would form the Confederate States of America, on Feburary 9. Here Adams urges against a split in the Union, concluding that if "so great a calamity as a division be about to befall us, it shall be hastened by no act of mine" (p. 8). Just a few months later Adams would resign from the House of Representatives to assume the position of Envoy to the United Kingdom where his efforts focused on keeping that country neutral and not recognizing the Confederacy. Not in Sabin.