New York: Privately Printed, 1809.
First edition of Carpenter's privately printed, anonymously published Federalist attack on Jefferson, apparently suppressed and subsequently very scarce.
2 volumes. iv, 404; ii, 434 pages. 8vo, rebound in recent tan polished calf with red & black spine labels (ownership bookplate on pastedown with owner's initials stamped at foot of spines. [New York]: Printed for the Purchasers, 1809. First edition. Expected light toning and foxing; spines sunned, still a very good(+) copy.
South Carolina journalist and passionate Federalist Stephen Cullen Carpenter authored and anonymously published "Memoirs of Jeffereon" amid controversy over Jefferson's Embargo Act and the same year increasingly Antifederalist James Madison was inaugurated as the nation's fourth president. Carpenter accuses "Jefferson of being a captive of dangerous French revolutionary ideals" (Kaplan, 187) and "criticizes very severely the character and administration of Thomas Jefferson" (Sabin. 11004). The book argues that Jefferson's "known imbecility" and "zeal in favour of the French republic... seems to have been so violently hot at times, as to have bereft him of all discretion as a statesman... unmindful of his duty as a citizen, of prudence, of every thing but his perverted ambition" (II: 166-80). "Venomously critical; said to have been suppressed" [Howes C164). Shaw & Shoemaker 17154.
Condition: Very Good(+)