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Very important book -- if only because of his meeting with Stephen A Douglas weeks before Douglas died.
Douglas told Palmer "you had me all wrong" about his supposed partnership with Davis -- everyone knew Douglas had been absolutely crucial in getting Davis what he wanted -- the KS Act. And that Douglas behind the scenes was helping the killers in KS, even though Douglas in public had turned on Atchison and Davis when he had to, or lose his position.
Douglas told Palmer that he -- Douglas -- was trying to get Davis "removed" militarily -- meaning, killed. He was trying to force Davis to act in a covert way that would get the US military to take him out. Which of course was utter nonsense, it was just something Douglas tried to pass off to Palmer in that last meeting.
ALso very interesting -- Palmer says that even by 1890, people had forgotten how vile it was in the 1850's to be thought of as an abolitionist. Understatement. Lincoln was lucky he did not get a bullet in the brain sooner -- others had, even in Illinois, for being too "Ni**er" obsessed, as Douglas claimed Lincoln was repeatedly in the debates. Douglas was all but urging the public to hate Lincoln with a passion "Do you want your daughters to sleep with ....." Douglas yelled repeatedly, even while running from side to side of the stage. Lincoln wants that, Douglas would scream -- yes, scream. And it worked. According to Bloomington papers, 80% of the white males in most of Illinois outside Chicago, thought Lincoln wanted their daughters to be with "......"
Douglas was the guy who stood by laughing as Sumner was beaten, and is shown doing that in drawings at the time. Douglas told Sumner he should be beaten like a dog, and within 24 hours, Sumner was beaten like a dog, with Douglas laughing.
that is NOT in Palmers book, that's just me explaining Douglas and the violence at the time.
SO when Douglas told Palmer he (Douglas) was trying to set up Jeff Davis to be removed militarily, it's very much something Douglas would feel comfortable -- if it helped him
One of the true sociopaths in US history -- Douglas. Two others -- Davis and Atchison.