1801.008: The Prospect Before Us. Volume II, pt. 2.

Published: 1801

Full Title: The Prospect Before Us. Volume II, pt. 2.

Author: Callender, James Thomson (1758-1803).

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Henry Pace

Description: 96 pgs.; 21 cm. (8vo).


Imprint states: "Printed by H. Pace, and sold by M. Jones, printer to the Commonwealth; by S. Pleasants, jun. at the office of the Virginia Argus; by T. Field, Petersburg; and by the author, in the jail of Richmond. 1801." An avowedly partisan work, Callender wrote in the preface to its first volume (1800.019) that the "design of this book is to exhibit the multiplied corruptions of the federal government, and more especially, the misconduct of the president, Mr. Adams" [p. 3]. The result was his arrest, trial, and conviction for seditious libel under the Sedition Act of 1798 after publishing that first volume in May 1800. Callender wrote the second volume in his Richmond jail cell before being pardoned by Jefferson in March 1801, publishing it in two parts, the first part (1800.020) in fall 1800 and this part in the ensuing winter. Production of this volume completed by the press of Henry Pace, a Englishman who arrived in Richmond in late 1800; this was apparently his first sizable publication there. Callender still sold this work through the offices of Samuel Pleasants and Thomas Field, as he had the earlier volumes, but in choosing Pace, he was beginning to distance himself from Richmond's Republican circles, which became an open and bitter break after Jefferson's inauguration. This title has not been filmed by the Early American Imprints Series.

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