Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin, 1799. 23, [1 blank] pp. Stitched and untrimmed. Scattered foxing and spotting. Early ownership signature at head of title [loss of letter due to small tear]. Good+.
A Connecticut Federalist attacks the French Revolution and the "utter depravity" of its leaders, who would foment a slave revolt in the United States in order to conquer the Americas.
"France has the most fixed and deadly animosity, against the government and people of the United States." Once France defeats Spain, American independence will be at risk: "[T]he hungry armies of the French, will be sent to carve their own fortunes, in the luxuriant fields of Spanish America." Soon they will be knocking at our gates: "Having reached the borders of Georgia or Carolina, an army of Frenchmen will find ready prepared, powerful engines of revolution and conquest. The blacks, urged on by vengeance for the hardships of slavery, and animated by the example of their African brethren in the West-Indies, will instantly join the standard of the invader, and greedily unite with him, in the work of plunder and blood."
Evans 35251. Trumbull 403. ESTC 28807. Not in LCP. Item #38006