A Communication of the Improvement of Government: Read Before the American Philosophical Society.
Philadelphia: Abraham Small, 1824. 8vo, 24pp. Original publishers wrappers, untrimmed pages, inscribed on front wrapper: His Excellency / The Baron de Mareuil ... with Mr. Ingersolls / compliments. A fine copy. First edition. Ingersoll (1782-1862), was an American lawyer and Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Pennsylvania who championed popular democracy. Ingersoll entered electoral politics in 1811 when he was nominated for a seat on the Pennsylvania assembly by the Jeffersonian Republican party, a campaign he ultimately lost. He was a member of the Pennsylvania Assembly in 1830, and a member of the State constitutional convention in 1837. In this Communication, Ingersoll argues that the rise of commerce and an independent press have given birth to a "spirit of independence." The rapid spread of education in Europe and America creates "another empire within every state, continually seeking ascendancy," whose common interests transcend national boundaries. Ingersoll praises La Fayette, and says the American experiment proves "the voice of the people to be the voice of God." American Imprints 16665 . Sabin 34728.
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