Printed by John Russell, Boston, 1799. Item #41614
1st edition (with Errata/Errara), Paper Wrappers, 8vo, 30 pages. Includes an interesting headpiece showing cannons, bunting, American flags and the Seal of the United States atop the first text page, which is the First Printed Appearance of the Stars and Stripes and Eagle Shield. Evans 36030. Sabin 58200. Addressed to the Young Men of Boston one year into the Quasi-War with France. On July 7 1798 Congress dissolved all treaties with France in response to the continuing attacks on American ships by French privateers. Paine here announces that while the "FOURTH OF JULY will be celebrated by our latest posterity as the splendid era of our national glory...the SEVENTH will be venerated as the dignified epoch of our American character.... The one annihilated our colonial submission to a powerful avowed and determined foe; - the other emancipated us from the oppressive friendship of an ambitious malignant treacherous ally". Unlike the more famous Thomas Paine, this Robert Treat Paine [here “Thomas Paine”] was a dedicated Federalist, Anglophile, and Francophobe. He was an American poet and editor and the son of Robert Treat Paine, signer of the Declaration of Independence. An Oration was printed under his given name Thomas Paine. He later changed his name to Robert Treat in 1801 to avoid confusion with the famous revolutionary pamphleteer. (Wikipedia). ESTC notes 2 editions of this essay; the second edition lacks the errata. This is the rarer (and presumably earlier) state of the first edition with the true first edition, with “errara” instead of “errata at the bottom of the final page (The second edition lacks any errata/errara reference). SUBJECCT(S): Early works. Treaties. Livres numériques. United States -- Foreign relations -- France. -- Politics and government. États-Unis -- Relations extérieures -- France. -- Traités. -- Politique et gouvernement. Stains to title page, some foxing, lacks any blank endpapges. Very Good Condition (AC-22-28).