AN OPEN LETTER TO THE REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC CANDIDATES FOR THE PRESIDENCY, BY PETER COOPER, TOGETHER WITH THE PLATFORM OF THE INDEPENDENT PARTY AND MR. COOPER'S LETTER OF ACCEPTANCE.
New York: Stansbury & Smith, 1876.
8vo, 8pp. Cooper addressed Rutherford Hayes and Samuel Tilden in late July, blaming both major parties for the high inflation and economic depression that followed the Panic of 1873, when there had been run on the banks and a devaluation of the currency. Cooper had conditionlly accepted the nomination of the Independent (or Greenback) Party in May, saying he would stand for office if neither major party adopted reforms that would alleviate the crisis. Having read the platforms, it was apparent to Cooper that neither party or candidate represented the interests of the common laborer. Even toning and minor chipping, with a few short margin tears and a light crease.
Peter Cooper received 81,737 votes in the election. Material promoting his candidacy is extremely scarce, this being the first item we have cataloged.