“ABOUT CONTROL, ABOUT TRUST, ABOUT INDEPENDENCE”: VERY RARE ASSOCIATION COPY OF THE BOUND ACTS OF THE SECOND SESSION OF THE FIRST CONGRESS, FROM THE LIBRARY OF STEPHEN ROW BRADLEY, ONE OF VERMONT’S FIRST U.S. SENATORS
(UNITED STATES CONGRESS). Acts Passed at the Second Session of the Congress. New York, .
First edition of the first collected Acts of the Second Session of the First Congress, one of the most contentious on record where “every major decision set a precedent,” a rare association copy from the library of Stephen Row Bradley, one of the first U.S. senators from Vermont, renowned for his bill establishing the American flag of 15 stars and 15 stripes—known as the “Bradley flag.” One of only 600 copies printed, with legislation on the census, West Point and treaties with Britain and Indian tribes, and especially featuring two seminal acts whose fiercely contested debate threatened the new nation with imminent collapse: the Residency Act, establishing a permanent capital along the Potomac, and the Assumption Act, Hamilton’s proposal for federal assumption of state debts. $8500.