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New-Hampshire Patriot, 4 pp, 13.5 x 20.5, Concord, (N. H.), December 17, 1811, general age toning, and small piece missing from the margin of last page with minor loss of words, two small tape repairs, otherwise in very good condition. 

$650 #10336

+ Preparations for the War of 1812, a front page story continued onto second page: "It is more than five years since England and France...system of commercial warfare...commenced this unprecedented system, by seizing the property of the citizens of the United States, peaceably pursuing their lawful commerce on the high seas...The United States thus unexpectedly and violently assailed by the two greatest powers in Europe, withdrew their citizens and property from the ocean...would have fully justified war...France...non-importation law of May, 1810...repealed the decrees of Berlin and Milan...Great Britain...continues unjustifiable attack on neutral rights...the United States is a neutral power...ships of the United States...are seized on our own coasts, at the very mouths of our harbors, condemned and confiscated...the unhappy case of our impressed seamen...victims of barbarity for the loss of what should be dearer to Americans than life, their liberty...practice of forcing our mariners into the British navy, in violation of the rights of our flag...impossible that the people of the United States should remain indifferent...we must resist by those means which God has placed within our reach...not proceeded from a fear of war, but from our love of justice and humanity. That proud spirit of liberty and independence...The patriotic fire of the revolution still burns in the American breast with a holy and unextinguishable flame...it is the sacred duty of Congress to call forth the patriotism and resources of the country...in the words of the President, 'that the United States be immediately put into an armor and attitude demanded by the crisis...." 

+ "resolutions of the people of St. Louis, Upper Louisiana...wishes for an alteration of government for that territory...."

+ "Bonapartes extreme earnestness to secure the naval establishment of France...battleships destitute of able men...he decrees naval conscription...."

+ Article about Governor William Henry Harrison reports to the Secretary of War on November 8, 1811, about "a complete and decisive victory." He gives details of the engagement, the casualties, and information of the capture of the Chief of the Potawatemies, who had joined the Prophet. There is also another article reporting the return of United States troop to Vincennes on November 20, 1811, with a report of the dead and injured. This is then followed by a long article "Battle on the Wabash" in which "The Indians, reposing confidence in the divinations and supernatural power of their fanatical leader, as well as in their superiority of numbers, and urged on by the agents of Britain, probably attacked with a positive assurance of success...but their is a spirit in freemen, in Americans, as invincible as it is noble. We have seen it proved during the whole course of our revolutionary struggle--and we have proved it before the walls of Tripoli, in the Deserts of Barcla, and on the waters of the Wabash...we glory in the American name...have we not convinced the British that their intrigues with the Indians will be as unavailing as their intrigues with European monarchs...."

+ Paying interest on the debt for the Louisiana Purchase: Most of the back page covers the Treasury Departments Annual report signed, in type, by Albert Gallatin, the second Secretary of Treasury (1801-1814), appointed by Thomas Jefferson and continuing under James Madison.  He is responsible for the law of 1801 requiring an annual report by the Secretary of Treasury. He also helped create the powerful House Ways and Means Committee to assure Treasury's accountability to Congress by reviewing the Departments annual report concerning revenue, debts, loans, expenditures. This is his report for 1811 and estimates for 1812, including the accounting for payment of debt on the Louisiana Purchase. Gallatin's prudent budget administration meant that no additional taxes had to be levied upon citizens to pay off the Louisiana Purchase stocks. Interest, and later redemption, payments came from selling public lands.

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