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Clement Moore attacks Thomas Jefferson 1804  

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Observations upon certain passages in Mr. Jefferson's Notes on Virginia, which appear to have a tendency to subvert religion, and establish a false philosophy

[Moore, Clement C.]

New York




32 pp. (8vo), 22.5x13.5 cm. (9x5½"), original plain paper wrappers, bound in later half cloth & marbled boards, with additional blank leaves at front and rear. First Edition.

The first book by the author who gave us ''Twas the Night Before Christmas." Clement Moore, a die-hard Federalist, wrote this pamphlet in an effort to disrupt Thomas Jefferson's bid for a second term as President of the United States. Besides attacking Jefferson for religious reasons (citing the latter's conclusion that geological evidence contradicts the biblical age of the earth and for his proto-evolutionary idea that there was a relationship between man and apes), Moore accuses the president of racism, writing that he "debases the Negro to an order of creatures lower than those who have a fairer skin and thinner lips." Howes R416 (ascribing the work incorrectly to Nicholas Rogers); Shaw & Shoemaker 6812.

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Covers worn, front cover detached; wrappers and title-page foxed, some darkening within; about very good.

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