American principles. A review of Works of Fisher Ames, Compiled by A Number of His Friends
by (Adams, John Quincy)
Boston: Everett and Munroe, 1809. Fair+ significant foxing, but sheets are strong. SOmeone has handwritten "By John Quincy Adams" where an author name would usually be found. In the upper right corneris found the notation "From The Publis[her is trimmed off]. Printed sheets, removed long ago from a larger bound volume. 56 pp.trimmed to 5" x 8" Ames, a Massachusetts Representative in the first four Congresses (1791--97), was an extreme Federalist, convinced that the Republic would come to ruin under Jeffersonian principles. On January 11, 1811, Adams father wrote the following relating to Ames: "...Fisher Ames, the highest of the High Federalists: "Ames was ingenious, had read a good deal, and was a fair Character and a good Man: but he owed his Rise, and was bouyed up by a British Faction and the Remnants and Shreds of old Toryism, as an Egg is borne upon the Surface of a Strong Lie. It was not in him ... a monarchical Mania but a Mania of fear and Ambition: Fear that we should be conquered and beheaded; and Ambition to obtain Wealth and Power by the favour of Great Britain ..." No copies found for sale in the last 30+ years. Pages 9-16 incorrectly numbered 1-8, apparently in all copies.
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