Portsmouth, N.H. n.p., 1840. 34 pp. 8vo. Removed. First edition. A very good- copy, lacking the wrappers, mail fold, occasional neat edits, signature on title. Amer. Imprints 402200. Item #43064
Signed by the author, the grandson of the subject. Includes one page manuscript (once bound in) called "Description of Gov. Langdon" by a contemporary of his who also remarks that he had heard of a [this] pamphlet written by Langdon's grandson. Thus two contemporary descriptions of one of the Founding Fathers. John Langdon (1741-1819 ) was a vigorous supporter of the Revolution, sat on the New Hampshire committee of correspondence and a nonimportation committee... In 1774 he participated in the seizure and confiscation of British munitions from the Portsmouth fort. He had "contracts to build ships for the Continental navy, including the Ranger, which Captain John Paul Jones made famous during the war. In addition, Langdon worked to raise manpower and bring in French supplies for Continental forces. He not only helped to finance, but, as commander of a militia unit, he accompanied General John Stark's summer 1777 expedition that contributed to American victory at Saratoga... He was speaker of the New Hampshire legislature from 1777 to 1781... elected president of New Hampshire in 1788, Langdon resigned a year later to accept a seat in the U.S. Senate, which he held from 4 March 1789 until 3 March 1801. Shortly after arriving in New York he was elected the first president pro tempore of the Senate. In the early 1790s Langdon voted consistently with the Federalists, supporting Alexander Hamilton's plans to fund the national debt and establish a national bank" (ANBO). He returned later to New Hampshire and was elected to the State house and from 1805 to 1812 with the exception of one year, he was Governor of New Hampshire. Typographic errors appear to be corrected by Elwyn. Scarce. Goodspeed had one for sale in 1910. OCLC locates three copies: American Antiquarian Soc., New York Hist. Soc., and New Hampshire Hist. Soc. of which only the AAS copy is signed.