[COXE, Tench (1755-1824)]
The Federalist: containing some Strictures upon a Pamphlet, entitled, "The Pretensions of Thomas Jefferson to the Presidency, examined, and the Charges against John Adams, refuted." Which Pamphlet was first published in the Gazette of the United States, in a Series of Essays, under the Signature of Phocion
Philadelphia: Mathew Carey, 1796. 8vo. 48pp. Uncut.
Scarce Election of 1796 campaign pamphlet.
In the early years of the Republic, Coxe was a close associate of Alexander Hamilton, serving as his assistant Secretary of the Treasury and co-authoring his Report on Manufactures. This vigorous defense of Jefferson was written in reply to William L. Smith's anti-Jefferson Election of 1796 pamphlet and is one of the first American presidential campaign pamphlets. Written anonymously, this first part contains Letters I-VIII (a second part was published separately), and supports the qualifications of Jefferson as President and warns that John Adams favored an hereditary president and an hereditary senate. Jefferson is held up as standing amongst the friends of representative government. Most notably, Letter II is a rebuttal of the accusation that Jefferson believed African Americans to be inferior to the white race, claiming that he has often shown solicitude for the black race.
Howes F69; Evans 30293; Sabin 23994; ESTC W12574.