Philadelphia, PA: Thomas & Samuel F. Bradford, 1798. First Edition. Attractive contemporary binding, pocked brown leather with four raised bands, titling in gilt on black label on spine, mauve and blue feathered marble end papers. Manuscript note on title page: "Exlibris Biblioteca / Samuelis Wilson". Likely attribution of prior ownership by Samuel Wilson of Troy New York, with a twist of Latin suffix to his given name.
Samuel Wilson ("Uncle Sam" 1766 - 1854). Historians aren't completely certain how the character "Uncle Sam" was created, however the prevailing theory is that Uncle Sam was initiated after Samuel Wilson, who received the moniker during the War of 1812. By the time of this book's publication, Wilson and his brother were successful businessmen in the meat trade business in New York. Elbert Anderson received the contract from the U.S. government for providing food for the soldiers during the War of 1812, he then contracted for salted meats in barrels, which were stamped "E.A. - U.S." Wilson was enlisted by the government as a meat inspector. He already had the nickname "Uncle Sam", and when his hometown troops refereed to the barrel's as Uncle Sam's meat. Soon, many items stamped U.S. were tagged as Uncle Sam's. The moniker stuck and America's patron patriot was born. Later graphic representations of Uncle Sam (Top hat and goatee) were offered to the public by cartoon artists Thomas Nast and Montgomery Flagg.
4.75" x 8, 2 - 378 with a chapter tail illustration at the end. Sporadic foxing, several on title page, text block faded, p 323 has a town corner reapplied and repaired in an old technique. On the title page, Rush is further identified as, "Professor of the Institutes of Medicine and Clinical Practice in the University of Pennsylvania" Item #3106
"The Punishment of Murder by Death, is contrary to reason, and to the order and happiness of society." (p 164).