Boston: Benjamin Edes, 1799. 20pp. Stitched into modern plain wrappers. Title leaf toned. Untrimmed, mild foxing, Very Good.
The only edition of this early presidential campaign document, written by one of the foremost Virginians of the revolutionary generation. It appears to be his only published speech. "Pendleton dissented from the foreign policy and the financial measures of Washington's administration. This attitude brought him into the Republican camp, and in 1799, at the request of Jefferson, he published a campaign document [this item] in support of the principles of his party" [DAB].
In hyperbolic terms, the preface warns that "The political tenets advocated by Judge Pendleton, will no doubt be reprobated by the Enemies of America- The Friends to War will anathematize him for his pacific admonitions; but every real American will revere his memory..." Pendleton opposes "an augmentation of the army and navy of the United States, and now under consideration of Congress." Not only will the plan "create a ruinous debt," but it will "subject America to executive despotism, instead of a representative republican government." Pendleton urges avoidance of entanglements with or against Britain or France, though his tilt is clearly toward the latter. Pendleton signs in type, and dates this at the end, "Caroline, February 20, '99."
Evans 36055. Haynes 13873. ESTC W11773. Item #34254