Report of the Committee to whom was referred His Excellency's Speech, &c. [self-wrapper title]. Henry Champion, chairman.

Report of the Committee to whom was referred His Excellency's Speech, &c. [self-wrapper title].

(New-Haven: Hudson & Woodward, Printers), [1814]. First edition. 8vo, unbound as issued, 8 pages, untrimmed. Unopened. Paper moderately browned; a very good copy. Item #13931

"From this fatal cause, we are bereft of the respectable standing we once held in the councils of the nation, impoverished by a long course of commercial restrictions, involved in an odious and disastrous war, and subjected to all the complicated calamities which we now deplore." Dating from the October Session of 1814, the Connecticut Federalists here launch themselves down the official path of arranging for the Hartford Convention. Veteran Revolutionary War General Henry Champion, chair of the specially-appointed Committee of Defence, here reports to the Assembly on the abuses of the federal government; his report had sufficient weight to persuade the Assembly to resolve to appoint delegates to the Hartford Convention scheduled for December 15. While this episode is best remembered for the Democrat-Republican charges that New England was plotting to secede and make a separate peace with England (and secessionist elements there were), the greater part of the demands of the convention--limits on embargos, repealing the three-fifths compromise, limiting presidents to one term, among others--were relatively modest. American Imprints 31219.

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