Philadelphia: Printed for Mathew Carey, by Lang & Ustick, 1795. Unbound sheets tied with old thread. Octavo. 51 pages. A copy that apparently was never bound, but whose signatures are tied together in three places along spine with sturdy thread. Moderate soil to external leaves, a few edge chips to untrimmed fore and bottom edges.
This is a strong Jeffersonian-Republican argument against the Jay Treaty, then before Congress. The treaty was designed by Alexander Hamilton, negotiated by Chief Justice John Jay, and supported by President Washington. The purpose was to resolve certain issues between the United States and Great Britain which had been left outstanding since the end of the American Revolutionary War.
Jeffersonian Republicans were staunchly opposed to the treaty, and the fierce debate--of which this pamphlet is a part--caused such deep divisions that it cemented the American political party system. Even President Washington came under attack for his support of the treaty, with protesters picketing at Mount Vernon, calls for his impeachment, and even political cartoons of him being guillotined.
Ref. HOWES D26; SABIN 23966.