1799.016: The Awful Crisis which has Arrived.

Published: 1799

Full Title: The awful crisis which has arrived must be felt by us all, however we may differ as to the causes which have produced it, or the measures which may avert its calamity. …

Author: Federalist Minority in the Virginia Legislature.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Thomas Nicolson

Description: 1 sheet [4 pgs.]; 45 cm. x 29 cm. (broadside in newspaper form, two columns per page).


Title taken from opening lines of text; a rejoinder to the Address of the General Assembly to the People of Virginia (1799.008) by the Federalist delegates in that session, disputing the constitutional arguments employed therein against the Alien & Sedition Acts. Authorship is variously attributed to either Henry Lee or John Marshall; Marshall appears the more likely choice, given his earlier newspaper exchanges with opponents of the acts, and given the concurrent publication of Lee's Plain Truth (1799.018), a ten-point refutation of the constitutional and legal arguments against the acts; still, the author cited here best describes the collective behind text. Nicolson evidently reused the typeset used herein to produce a pamphlet version in octavo under the title Address of the Minority in the Virginia Legislature to the People of that State (1799.017), though with his imprimatur on the title page.

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