THE ADDRESS OF THE MINORITY IN THE VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE TO THE PEOPLE OF THAT STATE; CONTAINING A VINDICATION OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE ALIEN AND SEDITION LAWS. Henry? Marshall Lee, John?

THE ADDRESS OF THE MINORITY IN THE VIRGINIA LEGISLATURE TO THE PEOPLE OF THAT STATE; CONTAINING A VINDICATION OF THE CONSTITUTIONALITY OF THE ALIEN AND SEDITION LAWS.

[Richmond? Printed by Augustine Davis? 1799]. 16pp, caption title [as issued]. Untrimmed, gathered signatures, light to moderate spotting, Good+.

"Attributed by some authorities to Henry Lee and by others to John Marshall" [NAIP]. Prefatory remarks refer to authorship by "the Member from Westmoreland", suggesting Lee, who defended the Act in the Virginia House and denied that the Union was a mere compact of States.
Delineating France's perfidy, the Address resents that criticism of the Alien & Sedition Act is "mingled with insinuations of distrust in the government of the United States, the only political mean by which efficacy can be given to resistance against an invading foe." He denounces "the distorted construction" of the Act, charging that its opponents would "excite" the people "into general hostility against the government of the country." In foreign affairs, he says, including "the power of protecting the nation from the intrigues and conspiracies of dangerous aliens," "America is one nation, and therefore the state governments are restrained from interfering with these great acts of sovereignty."
FIRST EDITION. Evans 36635. NAIP w019502. Swem 7923 [attributed to Lee]. 2 Beveridge, Life of Marshall 402-406 [Marshall]. Haynes 114. Not in Cohen, Harv. Law Cat., Marke, Marvin. Item #34252

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