Notes: A speech given at the start of Webster's second year in the House as a representative of New Hampshire. He opposes a plan to pay a bounty to men enlisting in the army and to those who convince people to join. His argument is that the United States does not need such a large army assembled at such a terrific cost. The proposal to increase the size of the army was a direct response to the War of 1812.
This speech was widely published in New Hampshire, with additional editions appearing in New York and Virginia. This copy was printed by the editor of the Portsmouth Journal of Literature and Politics. The priority of the issues is not worked out.
Edition + Condition: Text very good with minor foxing. The binding is curious. The sheets are sewn into a soft paper cover with a second sheet of the same paper glued down on top thus hiding the stitching. The binding is old but not original from the publisher as stab holes from the original sewing are visible but there is no evidence that this was removed from a large volume. The wrappers have insect marks, but are complete.
Publication: Portsmouth, [NH]: Printed by Charles Turell, 1814.
Item No: #306812