Conner, Samuel Shepard (1783-1820) Political and Military Theory Manuscript, c. 1807.
Folio, seventeen leaves, disbound, each leaf in a protective sleeve; sheets ruled in red, lined by hand; some chipping, thumbing, ink-burnt holes, water stains, generally good, legible, 12 1/4 x 7 1/4 in.
Conner, Yale graduate, attorney, and lieutenant colonel in the War of 1812, was also recognized as a persuasive anti-Federalist political writer. He and President Madison were of one mind at the opening of the War of 1812. In this seemingly unpublished work, Conner rails against Napoleon, the French Revolution, and an American tendency to value the role of militias over organized armed forces. "Is it the province of patriotism to compose lullaby speeches, like the 'cream-colored parasites' of the day, to pamper the vanity of the people, and unstring their nerves, at a time when every exertion should be racked, and every muscle should be strained? [...] The patriotism of Washington induced him to recommend the establishment of a navy on a solid and increasing basis; to prepare a permanent land force, and to institute universities for the purpose of cherishing and disseminating military science."
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