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Alexander Hamilton

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Description

  • Observations on Certain Documents Contained in "The History of the United States for the Year 1796," in which the Charge of Speculation against Alexander Hamilton, Late Secretary of the Treasury, Is Fully Refuted. Written by Himself.  Philadelphia: Printed [by William Duane] Pro Bono Publico, 1800
  • Paper, Ink
8vo, disbound (7 7/8 x 5 1/8 in.; 200 x 130 mm).  Title-page browned and with chips at edges repaired, text block lightly browned.

Literature

Evans 37571; Howes H-120; Sabin 29970

Catalogue Note

ALEXANDER HAMILTON'S 1797 PAMPHLET, REPRINTED BY HIS ENEMIES IN 1800 IN ORDER TO DISCREDIT HIM.

Alexander Hamilton resigned as Secretary of the Treasury in 1795; two years later "a baseless accusation against his honesty as secretary of the treasury, brought by Monroe and others, forced him to make public confession of his intrigue some years previous with a Mrs. Reynolds … [his confession] had the merit of a proud bravery, for it showed him willing to endure any personal humiliation rather than a slur on his public integrity" (DAB).

Mrs. Hamilton tried to buy up all copies of the 1797 pamphlet, but some escaped.  In 1800, in the midst of the Jefferson-burr election, anti-Federalists such as William Duane reprinted Hamilton's admission of infidelity.

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