Washington. 1808. 54pp. Dbd. Near fine. Item #WRCAM38804
An interesting pamphlet supporting the candidacy of George Clinton for president in the 1808 election. Clinton, the popular former governor of New York and vice president during Thomas Jefferson's second term, was part of a group of northeastern Democratic-Republicans of New York opposed to the policies and presidential candidacy of James Madison. Sympathetic Federalists considered creating a coalition ticket with Clinton but ultimately nominated Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, who became Madison's main challenger. In the election, six New York Democratic-Republican electors who had been pledged to vote for Madison cast their votes instead for Clinton, giving him a third-place finish. Clinton returned to the office of vice president under Madison, whom he continued to oppose and "toward whom, in 1809," the DAB notes, "he was openly hostile." The present work, which historian Samuel E. Morison called "the most formidable electioneering pamphlet for Clinton," contains a pro- Clinton address signed, "Nestor," a biographical sketch by "Epaminondas," several articles from the WASHINGTON EXPOSITOR, and excerpts of various additional articles and letters relating to the 1808 caucus and election. SABIN 430. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 14301. DAB IV, pp.226-28. Samuel E. Morison, "The First National Nominating Convention, 1808" in THE AMERICAN HISTORICAL REVIEW, Vol. 17, No. 4 (July 1912), p.746.