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A Silk Broadside Printing of Jefferson's First Inaugural Address
[Boston] 1801 - Broadside. Inaugural Address on Silk. [Boston]: Adams and Rhoades, the Chronicle Press, 1801. 16 1/2 x 21 1/2 in., framed to 25 1/2 x 31 1/2 in. "Let us, then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind. Let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty and even life itself are but dreary things. And let us reflect that, having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little if we countenance a political intolerance as despotic, as wicked . every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists."After a bitterly-fought election against Federalist John Adams, the newly-elected Democratic-Republican president Thomas Jefferson moves to unite the nation. In his first inaugural address, the third president alludes to the controversial and acrimonious election, calls for a calming of partisan passions, and outlines "what I deem the essential principles of our government." Excerpt"though the will of the majority is in all cases to prevail, that will, to be rightful, must be reasonable.the minority possess their equal rights, which equal law must protect, and to violate would be oppression. Let us then, fellow-citizens, unite with one heart and one mind; let us restore to social intercourse that harmony and affection without which liberty, and even life itself, are but dreary things. And let us reflect, that having banished from our land that religious intolerance under which mankind so long bled and suffered, we have yet gained little, if we countenance a political intolerance, as despotic, as wicked, and capable of as bitter and bloody persecutions.every difference of opinion is not a difference of principle. We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all republicans; we are all federalists. If there be any among us who would wish to dissolve the Union, or to change its republican form, let them stand undisturbed as monuments of the safety with which error of opinion may be tolerated, where reason is left free to combat it."Historical Background The "Revolution of 1800" marked the downfall of the Federalists and the ascension of Republicanism. The election was the first truly partisan contest, and its results marked the first peaceful transfer of power to an opposition party after Jefferson defeated John Adams for the presidency. (Though particularly bitter, the election proved to be a great test of the strength of the Constitution.) Federalist characterized Jefferson as subversive and an enemy to the nation, urged voters to choose "God - and a religious President" over "Jefferson.and no God." The election was also marred by the Adams administration's persecution of opposition editors and politicians under the Sedition Act, designed to silence pro-French Republicans in Congress at a time when war with that country appeared imminent. But Adams lost his bid for re-election, in large part due to opposition from within his own party-Hamilton and his followers were infuriated with Adams for making peace with France. Adams left Washington D.C. in the middle of the night, refusing to attend Jefferson's swearing-in ceremony. Although milestone for American democracy, the bad blood between the two men took years to reconcile. Here, the new president calls for unity, asserting "We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists."The election became even more controversial when it was found that Jefferson had received an equal number of votes as his running mate, Aaron Burr. At that time, the Constitution still specified that electors were to vote for two candidates, without specifying who was to be president or vice president. The election was thus thrown into the House of Representatives, which took a week - and 36 ballots - to decid. (See website for full description)
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