The Men Who Made the Nation: The Architects of the Young Republic 1782-1802
John Dos Passos
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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.
government seemed to be in order. Early in January, Jefferson wrote in highly optimistic mood to his soninlaw: “Our news from France continues to be good & promises a continuance, the event of the revolution there is little doubted of even by its enemies, the sensations it has produced here, and the indications of them in the public papers, have shown that the form our own government was to take depended much more on the events in France than anybody before imagined, the tide which, after our
carried death in its feeble sting. “A malignant fever,” Jefferson wrote Madison, who was happily home at Montpellier, “has been generated in the filth of Water Street.” Devoted Dr. Rush attributed it to some damaged coffee which had putrefied on one of the wharves – “about 70. people died of it two days ago & as many more were ill of it,” Jefferson continued. “It comes on with a pain in the head, sick stomach, then a little chill, black vomiting and stools, and death from the 2nd to the 8th day.
hands. This could be proved by examining his account at the New York bank. He explained the talk of money as being a reference to the difficulties of certain flour merchants under contract to the French who needed an advance to withstand the financial pressure of certain British agents. Randolph hurried to the printer’s with the whole illorganized mess of dispatches, with his correspondence with the President and his secretaries, along with a letter complaining of the President’s incomprehensible
at work distributing handbills and copies of Madison’s pamphlets, and urging his friends to set to work with their families to write out lists of the Republican electors so that the voters could make no mistake at the polls. Printed ballots were not allowed by the Pennsylvania election law; each voter had to write out the names of the fifteen presidential electors on his ballot. Beckley in Pennsylvania, like Hamilton and Burr in New York, was conducting a methodical campaign at the district
deplored his politics, had already consoled his hurt pride and assured him a small income by appointing him Treasurer of the Mint. 5. The Crucial Seventh Ward From the moment John Adams presented William Vans Murray’s name to the Senate in order to reopen negotiations with the French, Hamilton’s carefully woven plans and prospects for empire building to the southward began to unravel. When after Washington’s death President Adams showed no sign of treating his inspector general as