Philadelphia: Robert Bell, 1783. 28, [4 advt] pp. Scattered spotting, especially at upper corners. Good+
The author, one of the Society's founders, calls a free press "the PILLAR that supports the whole fabric of freedom." But, he observes, "The fairest blossom is the reptile's food," and a licentious press has gorged itself on a slander of the noble Society. That slander was a pamphlet published anonymously by Aedanus Burke earlier in 1783, attacking the Society. The Plan for Establishing the Society or Order of the Cincinnati, created in the year of this publication, is reproduced here; and the author defends the Society with skill and wit.
FIRST EDITION. Howes O9. Evans 18073. Hildeburn 4330. ESTC W6697. Item #36406