A Political and Civil History of the United States of America, from the Year 1763 to the Close of the Administration of President Washington, in March, 1797 Volume 2

A Political and Civil History of the United States of America, from the Year 1763 to the Close of the Administration of President Washington, in March, 1797 Volume 2

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1828 edition. Excerpt: ...sir, and not the energy of that system, that carried us through that perilous war; for what were its best arms? The greatest exertions were made, when the danger was most imminent. This system was not signed till March, 1781, Maryland having not acceded to it before; yet the military achievements and other exertions of America, previous to that period, were as brilliant, as effectual, and successful as they could have been under the most energetic government. This clearly shows, that our perilous situation was the cement of our union. How different the scene, when this peril vanished and peace was restored! The demands of congress were treated with neglect. One state complained that another had not paid its quota, as well as itself--public credit gone--for I believe were it not for the private credit of individuals, we should have been ruined long before that time. Commerce Ianguishing--produce falling in value, and justice trampled under foot. Wc became contemptible in the eyes of all foreign nations; they discarded us as little wanton boys who had played for liberty, but who had not sufficient solidity or wisdom to secure it on a permanent basis, and were therefore unworthy of their regard. It was found that congress could not even enforce the observance of their own treaties. That treaty under which we enjoy our present tranquility was disregarded. Making no difference between the justice of paying debts due to people here, and that of paying those due to people on the other side of the Atlantic, I wished to see the treaty complied with, by the payment of the British debts, but have not been able to know why it has been neglected. What was the reply to the demands and requisitions of congress? You are too contemptible, we will despise and...show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 367g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236628888
  • 9781236628886