AN ORATION ON THE EXTENT AND POWER OF POLITICAL DELUSION. DELIVERED IN NEW-HAVEN, ON THE EVENING PRECEDING THE PUBLIC COMMENCEMENT, SEPTEMBER, 1800. THE SECOND EDITION.

Newark: Pennington and Gould, 1800. 71, [1 blank] pp. Pages 61-68 are misnumbered 53-60, as issued. Disbound, with moderate spotting. Good+.

One of six contemporary printings, this is the only one which does not begin with the phrase, 'Connecticut Republicanism.' Bishop was a Jeffersonian and outspoken anti- Federalist, which made him an unusual figure in Connecticut politics. "Learning that he would give this Republican campaign speech as the Phi Beta Kappa orator, the Yale Corporation withdrew Bishop's invitation. Speaking to 1500 people at a local meeting-house, Bishop, in rousing rhetoric, denounced the state and national Federalist party for its leadership, social assumptions, and class prejudices. He argued that the Federalists were deluding the people in order to enslave them under a monarchy and castigated the union of church and state in Connecticut, charging the clergy with preaching Federalist propaganda. The two-hour harangue ended with a call for the election of Republicans to preserve the liberty so dearly and recently won." Sheidley.
Evans 36980. Felcone 18. Sheidley 132. Item #25051

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