Boston: Sold for the Author, price 31 cents, at the Independent Chronicle Office, Court-Street, . 32pp. [bound with] THE HAMILTONIAD. CANTO THE SECOND. Pages 33-64.
Disbound, toned with scattered foxing. Good+. The signatures are continuous, as issued. A third part is not present here. "Originally issued in three numbers in blue paper wrappers [Tompkins]. Ford records our pagination.
"The Author", John Williams, dedicates the work "to perpetuate the brutal infamy of John Park, M.D., a Galenical Excrescence." "The mock dedication is dated Sept. 6, 1804. Williams was an Englishman by birth, but removed to this country and edited a newspaper in Boston. He was by trade 'a common libeller', and was characterized by Lord Macauley as 'a malignant and filthy baboon' and a 'polecat'." [Ford]. Rivaling Callender and Cobbett for hyperbolic malice, the author inquires, "Who is the vile and crawling minion of the Essex Junto, that has been labouring to destroy the federal fabric of our Republican Constitution, and introduce a monarchical despotism upon its ruins.."
This literary effort is a poem delighting in the predicted death of Federalism. "When HAMILTON's great spirit upward flew,/ Hope shut her gates upon the Federal crew!/ The Essex Junto felt the mortal blow,/ And lay, dismantled, in a storm of woe." In addition to the poem, there are copious footnotes, which include the correspondence leading to the Burr-Hamilton duel.
Ford, Hamilton 106 [64pp]. Wegelin 1207. Tompkins, Burr 109. Gaines 04-26. Howes W464. Sabin 104279. Item #35467