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A DISSERTATION ON THE POLITICAL UNION AND CONSTITUTION OF THE THIRTEEN UNITED STATES, OF NORTH-AMERICA: WHICH IS NECESSARY TO THEIR PRESERVATION AND HAPPINESS, HUMBLY OFFERED TO THE PUBLIC, By a Citizen of Philadelphia
Hartford: Hudson and Goodwin, 1783. 30pp. Antique half calf and marbled boards. Light dampstaining to titlepage, moderate tanning throughout. Very good. This is the most important work by the noted Revolutionary-era political economist, sometimes called the first American economist. It is the Hartford edition, after the Philadelphia first of the same year. Webster advocated supporting the Revolution by taxation instead of loans, a free trade, and the reduction of the issuance of paper money. In the present work, he expresses his faith in a stronger union, and thus became an early advocate of the Constitution. It was on the basis of this work that Hannis Taylor later claimed that Webster was the true author of the Constitution. Born in Connecticut in 1726 and trained at Yale for the ministry, Webster was elderly man by the time he began to write extensively. He produced a number of important political tracts in the Confederation and Federal periods, most of them arguing for principles of free trade and later in support of the Bank of the United States, a key component of Hamilton's fiscal plans. His POLITICAL ESSAYS (Philadelphia, 1791), gathered together many of his Federalist arguments. SABIN 102402. HOWES W208, "aa." HILDEBURN 4411. EVANS 18299. REESE, FEDERAL HUNDRED 2.
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