Item #H16739 The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history. "Historicus" - attributed to Ezra Sampson, sometimes to Moses Sampson.
The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history...
The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history...
The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history...
The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history...
The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history...
The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history...

The Sham-Patriot Unmasked, or an exposition of the fatally successful arts of demagogues, to exalt themselves by flattering and swindling the people in a variety of pertinent facts drawn from sacred and profane history...

Hudson, NY: Sampson, Chittenden & Croswell, 1802. First printing. Hardcover. 16mo (5 x 3.25 inches), original leather backed marbled boards, black gilt spine label, very good, contents tanned, occasional waterstain, last blank, flyleaf and pastedown with old browning tidemark of long-ago waterstain. Has engraved title page as well as letterpress title page; the engraved title is slightly trimmed at the upper edge. A polemic addressing some of the pitfalls of a democratic republic, foretelling the rise of a demagogue, including the need for truthful information to be imparted to an informed public, and the "baneful tendency of favoritism in a free republic." A polemic in the style of Matthew Carey, but with some interesting anti-semitic content in its historical considerations: a diatribe against Absalom, "Moses reviled as a monarchist," "The ingratitude of the Hebrew Republic toward the family of Gideon," "Sudden transitions from Republicanism to Monarchy, in the instances of the ancient Hebrews and modern Britons," -- some of the chapter headers. Ezra Sampson, a Congregational minister, was born at Middleborough, Mass., Feb. 12, 1749. He graduated at Yale College, 1773, and became pastor of the Congregational Church at Plympton, Mass., Feb., 1775. He also officiated as chaplain in the Revolutionary army, and was settled at Hudson, N.Y., by 1796. While there he became associated with Rev. Harry Crosswell in the editorship of The Balance, one of the first literary journals in the United States (1801-4). He edited for a year (1804-5) the Connecticut Courant, and became judge of Columbia County in 1814. He died in New York City, Dec. 12, 1823. Shaw & Shoemaker 3045. Very Good. Item #H16739

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