Boston: Young & Minns, Printers to the State, . 31pp. Original blue wrappers [foxed, tear of front wrap repaired], stitched, untrimmed. Lightly tanned, light scattered foxing. Small tear to blank margin of second leaf. Institutional presentation slip at head of page . Good+ to Very Good.
One of two Boston printings. The foremost Federalist orator and theoretician, Ames renders a fine weaving of Washington's career and the nation's history. As the result of the Peace of 1763, closing the French and Indian War, "our settlements, no longer checked by enemies on the frontier, rapidly increased; and it was discovered, that America was growing to a size that could defend itself. In this, perhaps unforeseen, but at length obvious state of things, the British Government conceived a jealousy of the Colonies, of which their intended measures of precaution, they made no secret." Washington heeded his country's call: "Our history is but a transcript of his claims on our gratitude." Ames reviews the rancorous relations of states under the Articles of Confederation. "The peace of America hung by a thread, and factions were already sharpening their weapons to cut it." Again Washington saved the country by lending his support to the Constitution. As President, he saved America from European entanglements and helped it grow in strength and virtue. Evans 36828. Item #16116