Letter from Benjamin Rush to Thomas Fitzsimons

Letter from Benjamin Rush to Thomas Fitzsimons
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August 5, 1790

Benjamin Rush writes to Thomas Fitzsimons about a recent funding law and business conditions in the United States. While "lands sell and settle rapidly," Rush argues that "our vitals are unsound and we must finally perish under the weight of Mr. Hamilton's 'public blessing." In addition, Rush comments on how the federal government has treated veterans from the Revolutionary War. "The Spanish cruelties in America and the English cruelties in the East Indies in my opinion do not stain human nature with a blacker hue than the conduct of the present Congress towards the Army that established our independence and new government," as Rush explains. Transcript included.

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Gift of Boyd Lee Spahr