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Prize Essays on a Congress of Nations, For the Adjustment of
1840. [Ladd, William (1778-1841)]. American Peace Society. Prize Essays on a Congress of Nations, For the Adjustment of International Disputes, And for the Promotion of Universal Peace Without Resort to Arms. Together With a Sixth Essay, Comprising the Substance of the Rejected Essays. Boston: Published by Whipple & Damrell, For the American Peace Society, 1840. [iii], iv-xiii, [6], xii, [13]-706 pp. Octavo (9" x 5-3/4"). Original moire cloth with decorative blind stamping, gilt title to spine. Light rubbing, corners bumped, spine lightly fading with minor wear to ends. Light foxing to text. Early owner bookplate to front pastedown. Early owner annotation and later bookseller stamp to front free endpaper, interior otherwise clean. A nice copy. * Only edition. This volume contains the first issue of Ladd's important "Essay on a Congress of Nations," the first important statement on the preservation of peace through international mediation published in the United States. It became a central text for American peace organizations and participants in international law conferences, and did much to persuade Americans to accept the idea of an international peace organization. It was also distributed widely in Europe, where it was well-received. Influential into the twentieth century, it was reprinted in 1916 by the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. Anticipating the creation of the Permanent Court of International Justice and the League of Nations by a good 75 years, Ladd proposed an international "congress with legislative powers" that worked with a court that enforced its laws and settled international disputes. Prize Essays grew out of a contest sponsored in 1831 by the American Peace Society, of which Ladd was president. It offered a a "congress of nations." The judges were William Wirt, Joseph Story, Daniel Webster and John Marshall. They could not decide on a clear winner, so they published the five best essays. Ladd's essay, which was intended to serve as a summary and review of all of the submissions, synthesized their best elements, expanded them and combined them with his original ideas. Ladd reissued his essay later that year as an offprint from this v
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