Philadelphia Printed. London, Reprinted: for J. Wright, 1798. 25,pp. Later marbled wrappers. Wrappers lightly rubbed. Text tanned, two ink emendations, blotting out two words in the text. Good. In a half morocco and cloth folding case, spine gilt. Item #WRCAM44846
Harper, a leading Southern Federalist, served in the House of Representatives from 1795 to 1801, during which time he was "the most frequent and voluble debater in his party" (DAB). This text is concerned primarily with the scandal growing out of the "XYZ" affair, in which French negotiators demanded bribes from American representatives in order to conclude a treaty. Harper discusses military preparations that have been taken in anticipation of a conflict with France, and the taxes that will be levied to pay the expense. SABIN 30443. HOWES H211. DAB VIII, pp.285-86.