Titre : Memoirs of the life of William Wirt, ...
Éditeur : Blanchard and Lea, Philadelphia
Date d'édition : 1854
Reliure : Hard Cover
Etat du livre : Very Good
A new and revised edition. 368 pages, frontispiece (portrait), cloth, new backstrip to Volume I, ex-library with usual library markings, little shelf wear, text very good. Frontispiece and foldout facsimile letter from John Adams is present and in good shape. Howes K87 (later edition), Sabin 37415 (later edition). From the Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition: William Wirt, 1772-1834, U.S. Attorney General and author, b. Bladensburg, Md. He had little formal schooling but was admitted to the Virginia bar in 1792. His first book was an anonymous collection of sketches called The Letters of a British Spy (1803), which purported to be the work of a "meek and harmless" noble visitor to America. The Rainbow (1804) and The Old Bachelor (1810) are similar collections, attempting the style of Joseph Addison. Wirt's Life and Character of Patrick Henry (1817) was his first book to appear under his own name; it presumed to give the text of Henry's speeches. His role as prosecutor in the trial (1807) of Aaron Burr brought him renown as a lawyer. As U.S. Attorney General (1817-29), Wirt initiated the practice of preserving his official opinions so that they could be used as precedents. In 1832 he accepted the nomination for President of the Anti-Masonic party. N° de réf. du libraire 18829
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