The Federalist Era – 1789 -1817. Washington’s “Life Mask”. Washington’s “Death Mask”.
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Washington’s “Death Mask”
“A national debt, if it is not excessive, will be to us a national blessing.”Alexander Hamilton
G. Washington - April, 1793
“Excessive partiality for one foreign nation and excessive dislike of another cause those whom they actuate to see danger only on one side, and serve to veil and even second the arts of influence on the other.”
As a result…
Virginia and Kentucky
….That the General Assembly doth also express its deep regret, that a spirit has in sundry instances, been manifested by the federal government, to enlarge its powers by forced constructions of the constitutional charter which defines them;
…and inevitable consequence of which would be, to transform the present republican system of the United States, into an absolute, or at best a mixed monarchy.
…That the General Assembly doth particularly protest against the palpable and alarming infractions of the Constitution, in the two late cases of the "Alien and Sedition Acts" passed at the last session of Congress;
Secretary of State
Jefferson sends delegates to negotiate a purchase of New Orleans – for up to $10 Million.
The delegates drafted proposals for constitutional amendments that would challenge what they saw as President James Madison's military despotism and force him to resign. Political cartoons of the day depicted England's King George III trying to lure Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island back into the British fold.