1800.078: Counter Memorial from Inhabitants of Caroline County.

Published: 1800

Full Title: To the General Assembly of Virginia. Counter memorial. When attempts are made ... to pull down the Constitution and trample under foot the laws of a free country, good men deem it sacrilege not to stand forth and resist them. ...

Author: Inhabitants of Caroline County.

Place Issued: Fredericksburg

Issuing Press: Timothy Green

Description: 1 sheet ([1] p.) Text printed in four columns


Text is an unsigned remonstrance against a memorial from Caroline County supporting the actions of the Assembly at its December 1799 session that led to instructions to the state's U.S. senators (1800.003) to seek the repeal of the Alien & Sedition Acts, as well as to force reductions in the military expenditures of the Adams administration that allowed it to maintain a standing army and navy, so returning responsibility for national defense to the militia of the states, as during the Revolutionary War – points mentioned specifically here. Sheet lacks colophon; content clearly indicates that this is an 1800 imprint issued near the end or after the Assembly's adjournment in January 1800, so the date reported here; Shaw & Shoemaker suggested both an 1801 publication date and an origin from Caroline County; as there was not a press was then operating there, this sheet appears to have issued from the press of Timothy Green in Fredericksburg, particularly because of its crisp, tight typography; moreover, the perspective of the authors is an openly Federalist one, as was that presented by the Connecticut-born Green in his Virginia Herald, so the attribution here.

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