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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE SECOND CONGRESS, 1791,
WITH RARE EARLY PRINTING OF WASHINGTON’S ANNUAL MESSAGE,
CITING PASSAGE OF THE BILL THAT TRIGGERED THE WHISKEY REBELLION

UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Journal of the Senate of the United States of America. Philadelphia, 1791 [i.e. 1792].

First edition of the official record of the First Session of the Second Congress convened in Philadelphia in 1791, with an early printing of Washington’s October 25th Annual Message to Congress and marking “the emergence of what could for the first time be clearly discerned as an opposition” to Administration policies, one of only 700 copies printed. $4500.

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FIRST EDITION OF THE FIRST SESSION OF THE THIRD CONGRESS, 1793-4,
WITH RARE EARLY PRINTING OF WASHINGTON’S FIRST OFFICIAL
RESPONSE TO THE CONTROVERSIAL GENET AFFAIR

UNITED STATES CONGRESS. Journal of the Senate of the United States of America. Philadelphia, 1793 [i.e. 1794].

First edition of the official record of the First Senatorial Session of the Third Congress convened under newly re-elected President Washington, with early printing of his December fifth Message to Congress voicing clear displeasure with France’s Citizen Genet, “the official document of the celebrated Genet affair” (Sabin 48045), one of only 700 copies printed. $4000.

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"WE ARE AT WAR… WAGED NOT IN VIOLATION OF THE RIGHTS OF OTHERS, BUT IN THE MAINTENANCE OF OUR OWN" (JAMES MADISON)

(MADISON, James) (U.S. CONGRESS). Message from the President, November 4, 1812 [including] Documents. Washington, 1812.

First edition, issued by official House printers, of Madison's powerful November 4, 1812 State of the Union Message to Congress on the War of 1812—"a watershed for the new nation… [with] a coming of age quality that has led many to call it a second war of independence"—containing extensive diplomatic correspondence between then-Secretary of State Monroe, along with an 1811 letter from Napoleon. $2250.

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