Washington. 1812. Broadsheet, 12 1/2 x 7 1/4 inches. Stitch holes in left margin. Very good. Item #WRCAM38536
An extremely rare ephemeral broadsheet by Tench Coxe, defending himself against charges in the newspaper, THE AURORA, that he failed in his duties as Purveyor of Public Supplies. Signed by Coxe in print at the end of the text, the author responds to various attacks on his actions by William Duane, editor of the newspaper, between December 5, 1811 and January 4, 1812, the date when Coxe issued this defense. The majority of the charges are concerned with military procurement, including issues of using foreign firms rather than domestic manufacturers and suppliers. In conclusion, Coxe writes: "It will be candidly remembered, that I have not opened this discussion, and it will be believed, I trust, that I feel great pain in the duty of explanation. I am obliged to limit this explanation to a ground restricted by the public interest. This circumstance, and my present separation from my office, limits my defence." Coxe held the position of Purveyor of Public Supplies for the federal government from 1803 to 1812. Prior to that, he also served as revenue commissioner, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury, and as a member of the Continental Congress in 1789. He was a prolific author on political and economic subjects. Extremely rare. Not in Shaw & Shoemaker. OCLC records the AAS copy. OCLC 78717833.