The Men Who Made the Nation: The Architects of the Young Republic 1782-1802

The Men Who Made the Nation: The Architects of the Young Republic 1782-1802

John Dos Passos

Language: English

Pages: 452


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John Dos Passos (1896-1970) was born in Chicago and graduated from Harvard in 1916. His service as an ambulance driver in Europe at the end of World War I led him to write "Three Soldiers" in 1919. A prolific travel writer, biographer, playwright, and novelist, he is an American classic of the twentieth century.

















seeing “the scenes of 93. revived as to myself, & to descend daily into the arena like a gladiator, to suffer martyrdom in every conflict,” he began tacitly to admit that if he were elected President he would have to serve. The question was still so much touch and go that as late as the end of September of the campaign year, Madison was writing Monroe, “I have not seen Jefferson and have thought it best to present him no opportunity of protesting to his friends against being embarked in the

smothered his colleagues with “their delicate kisses/” A few days later the envoys dressed in their best; Elbridge Gerry and General Pinckney adjusted their wigs; John Marshall combed out his untidy dark hair; and they drove out in state to call on the Minister for Foreign Affairs, whose offices, they discovered, were in the state apartments of his home. They found the Portuguese ambassador waiting in Talleyrand’s lobby. When the Citizen Minister came out to see them he appeared strangely

an opportunity to confound the Republicans on their home grounds. When he arrived in Richmond in June he was announcing to everyone who would listen that he was going to take these Virginia lawyers over his knee and give them a good spanking. The prisoner at the bar was James Thomson Callender, Hamilton’s gadfly, whom Jefferson had encouraged to take asylum from prosecution in Virginia. His newest crime was the publication of some abuse of John Adams in a campaign pamphlet called The Prospect

love him” – referring to Marshall’s part in the XYZ business – “because he felt and acted as a republican, as an American.” For some time now John Adams’ regime had lacked a Chief Justice. Ellsworth had resigned. John Jay had refused. The President was at his wit’s end to find reputable men for his heads of departments. Particularly since the burning of the Treasury building gave the Republican gossipmongers the opportunity to proclaim jeeringly that the Federalists were covering their tracks,

delegation; there was gouty, irritable and opinionated Ralph Izard, back from frustrating experiences as an American envoy in Europe; there was David Ramsay, the Charleston physician and historian; and John Rutledge, an Inns of Court lawyer profoundly versed in English constitutional law. Rutledge had carried on the government of his state singlehanded during the British invasion and had contributed mightily to the British defeat. Pennsylvania’s appointees were George Clymer and Thomas

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