Soiled, Stained, Foxed; frayed edges on pages. page 85 has piece missing from bottom corner. owner name written in pencil on title page. Bookseller Inventory #
Title: Speech of Robert Goodloe Harper, Esq, at the...
Publisher: Russell, Cutler & Co.
Publication Date: 1814
Book Condition: with no dust jacket
Book Description Oliver Steele New Haven, CT 1814, 1814. 59 pp. 14 x 23 cm. Paper booklet, quite browned. Illegible pencil notes on bottom of pp. 32-33. Fair. Harper (1765-1825) was a Congressman from South Carolina, then moved to Baltimore in about 1800, where he practiced law. He served in the War of 1812, attaining the rank of Major General. This speech celebrates the Prussian victory over Bonaparte, but then goes into a lengthy discourse about how the debt of southern planters led eventually to the War of 1812 with Britain. He tells about the British attack on the frigate Chesapeake in 1807, looking for deserters, that emboldened the "war party" in the U.S. "The passions of honest zealots; the erroneous theories of visionary, but well-meaning politicians; the cupidity of such as are governed in their political conduct by pecuniary interest; the ambition of demagogues, more desirous of distinction than attached to principle; the weakness of honest party men, and the low prejudices and passions of the vulgar, were all enlisted in the cause.". Seller Inventory # 7925