Memoirs of the Administrations of Washington and John Adams (2 Volume set)
New York: Printed for the Subscribers [W. Van Norden, printer], 1846. First Editions. Octavo. Item #028707
Unopened. In two volumes; 574pp. and 555 pp with (1) pp errata. These sources came from the papers of Oliver Wolcott who had been Secretary of the Treasury. One of the most important studies of how Washington and John Adams' administrations functioned. His papers show much on the origins of the House Committee of Ways and Means (far more accurate than Henry Adams later work on The Life of Albert Gallatin). It is unusual to find this set in near fine condition. It is certainly one of the best of the works in the mid-19th Century on the early days of the Federalists. The opposition to Jay's Treaty is dealt with him from an insider's point of view. An important contribution to the Presidencies of Washington and John Adams. Bound in dark brown cloth, spines lettered in gilt. Only very light wear to corners and spine ends, lightly rubbed, internally clean and bright without foxing, names or bookplates.