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.

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inspector general and that Generals Knox and Charles Cotes worth Pinckney should rank immediately under him. Washington felt that Hamilton was the only man left from his old staff competent for the job. Messrs. Wolcott and Pickering emphatically agreed. They felt that their associate McHenry, for all his engaging manners and literary tastes, lacked organizing drive. Hamilton, in spite of his affection for the discursive Baltimorean, was itching to take over his office. Even in peacetime the

the voters. John Adams, after his retirement to Quincy, described the situation in a retrospective letter: “Hamilton made a Journey to Boston, to Providence & c, to persuade the People and their Legislatures but without Success, to throw away some of their Votes, that Adams might not have the unanimous Vote of New England consequently that Pinckney might be brought in as President and Adams as Vice President. Washington was dead and the Cincinnati were assembled at New York to chose Hamilton for

bankruptcy of these worthies had interrupted work on their development – “and perhaps as many undertaken by Greenleaf, both of which groups lie, at a distance of a half a mile from each other, near the mouth of the Eastern Branch and the Potowmack, and are divided by a large swamp from the Capitol Hill and the little village connected with it.” Jefferson, like Gallatin, put up at Conrad and McMunn’s boardinghouse a couple of hundred paces from the Capitol. These enterprising Caledonians had

contrary to my private Interest and if accepted must deprive me of those enjoyments Social and Domestic which my time of Life required and which my Circumstances entitled me to, and as a vigorous execution of the Duties must inevitably expose me to the resentment of disappointed and designing Men and to the Calumny and Detraction of the Envious and Malicious. I was therefore absolutely determined not to engage in so Arduous an Undertaking. But the Solicitations of my Friends, Acquaintances and

paid in then worthless paper for their pains. The original creditors had been forced to sell their debentures to dealers at two shillings to the pound. It was only right that they should be paid in full. At the same time, to ignore the claims of the present holders of the paper would destroy the public credit. “A composition then is the only expedient that remains,” Madison wrote; “let it be a liberal one in favor of the present holders, let them have the highest price that has prevailed in the

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