[Philadelphia]: 1799. 42pp, disbound, light institutional stamp, else Very Good.
Judge Richard Peters of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania advises President Adams "that a daring combination and treasonable opposition to the laws of the United States has recently been brought to a crisis in Northampton County, in this District." Resistance to the U.S. law "laying a tax on lands and houses" is described, with reports of the U.S. Marshal, depositions of witnesses, the President's proclamation, and military orders. Rural Pennsylvanians resisted the federal law; their insurrection became known as the "Fries Rebellion," after its ringleader, who was convicted of treason but later pardoned.
Relations with France occupy the rest of the Message, beginning with the President's Proclamation renewing commerce with St. Domingo, a measure which Thomas Jefferson opposed. A letter from the aged Patrick Henry to Secretary of State Pickering is included, regretting the infirmity that prevents his serving as envoy to France. Also included are several letters, in French and English, from and to Talleyrand on relations between the two countries.
FIRST EDITION. Evans 36557. Item #23441