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[Giles, William Branch]:

PUBLIC DEFAULTERS BROUGHT TO LIGHT , IN A SERIES OF LETTERS ADDRESSED TO THE PEOPLE OF THE UNITED STATES, BY A NATIVE OF VIRGINIA.

E. Bliss and E. White, New York: 1822 54, [2 blanks] pp. Tanned, bound in modern wrappers, untrimmed. Good+ or so. Giles had been a prominent State Rights Jeffersonian in Congress in the late 18th and early 19th century, an influential supporter of the Virginia & Kentucky Resolutions, and a leader of the 1801 effort to repeal the Judiciary Act. Not surprisingly, as a charter Virginia State Rights man, he opposed the national government's incurring indebtedness, and wrote this series of Letters [numbered I through XXIV] "on the subject of the public debt." He names "public defaulters," placing John Adams at the head of the list, as revealed in a report of the Auditor. Giles provides examples of "the unjustifiable & shameful advance of public money...the waste of the public treasure, and of the corruption of the times in which we live." Not spared from his indictment is his fellow Virginian, President James Monroe, who has unconstitutionally let contracts and ordered the Treasury Department to issue advances for dubious purposes. This is the first edition under this title, the pamphlet having also been published during the same year under a different title. FIRST EDITION. Haynes 6903. Swem 1978. AI 8830 [many]. 199 NUC 0214722 [14].


Book Id: 16615

Price: $250.00

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