BARLOW, Joel (1754-1812)
Joel Barlow's Second Letter to His Fellow Citizens of the United States. on Certain Political Measures Proposed to their Consideration
New York: David Denniston, 1801. 8vo. (7 7/8 x 4 11/16 inches). 40pp. Disbound. Ink notation above title.
Rare pamphlet by poet and diplomat Joel Barlow, proposing actions for the United States at the close of the French Revolution.
Though born in Connecticut, Barlow spent many years in France, earning citizenship for his efforts in the Revolution, and his negative feelings for the English government shine through in this detailed address. Regardless of his personal feelings toward the English, Barlow's suggestions follow the example laid down by Washington's Federalist-leaning Proclamation of Neutrality with articles for a proposed Public Maritime Law and constitution, which would allow for peaceful trade between the United States and both England and France. Rare, with only five copies located in OCLC.
Sabin 3423; Shaw & Shoemaker 134.