8 The Politics of the Revolution of 1800: Revolution

“The progress of the horseman can only be proportioned to the speed of his horse.” Had Hamilton, the “commander-in-chief” of both houses of Congress, of all the five heads of departments of General Washington, and consequently of the President of the United States, been aware of your principle, and acted upon it, the revolution of 1801 would not have happened. There is…no exaggeration…in this language…it is strictly true.

— John Adams to James Lloyd April 24, 1815 (emphasis added)

THE COLLAPSE OF THE FEDERALISTS’ FAÇADE OF UNITY IMPROVED the republicans’ situation immensely. Yet it would be months before they realized their gain, and in the interim their opponents would be compelled to play ...

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