Baltimore: William Ogden Niles, 1822. First printing. Black cloth wraps. Octavo. 495 pages. Near fine. Rebacked in black cloth with black wraps, retaining the original leather spine label; top edge gilt. Prior (19th century) owner signature on original front free endpaper.
A treasury of material gathered to capture the feeling and mood of the American Revolution. It took the editor 6 years to assemble these speeches, letters, and other materials because, as he explains, "...the patriots of the Revolution did not make speeches to be unattended by their brethren in congress and fill up the columns of newspapers. They only spoke when they had something to say, and preferred acting to talking--very unlike the legislators of the present time."
This volume is an important repository of first hand materials that show the feelings that prevailed among American revolutionaries in the period.
HOWES N154; SABIN 55312.