New York: Pelsue & Gould, 1812. 56pp, disbound and untrimmed. Spotted, Good+.
A lawyer and judge, Herring was "a friend of De Witt Clinton, who made him the first register of the state of New York in 1812, an office which he held for five years" [Appleton's]. Opposing President Madison's re-election, he supports his old friend, the Governor of New York, on the Federalist ticket.
Calling the Jefferson-Madison war policies "fundamentally erroneous" and harmful to American "commercial interests," he accuses Madison and his Virginia allies of hostility to commerce and an unwillingness to guard American maritime interests. Impressment of American seamen, British blockades, and "wanton" French attacks are but the tip of the iceberg. He warns against Virginia's excessive domination of the government. It is time for New York to take a turn at the helm.
FIRST EDITION. Howes H442. Sabin 96326. Item #34693