Webster's magisterial treatises on money, finance, and governance framed many of the debates over solutions to the problems of the money supply that were discussed by, among others, John Witherspoon (Scotland) and William Barton (Philadelphia).
Stephen Skowronek is the Pelatiah
Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University.
Webster, a Philadelphia merchant and economist, argued that those customs duties were "voluntary" taxes, since no person was "compelled to pay any of the taxes, unless he chooses to be concerned in the articles taxed" [Webster, 1791, p.
Webster of Philadelphia reflected common understanding when, in 1780, he wrote:
JOSEPH HAMBURGER, the Pelatiah
Perit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University at the time of his death in 1997, was one of America's most accomplished scholars of nineteenth-century British political thought.
(4 Wheat.) 518, 657-658 (1819) (Washington, J., concurring) (relying on Blackstone for proposition that corporate charter granted by government includes implied promise not to grant another identical franchise which would prejudice the grant); Pelatiah
Webster, An Essay on Credit in which the Doctrine of Banks is Considered and Some Remarks Are Made on the Present State of the Bank of North America (Feb.
Its author, Joseph Hamburger, Pelatiah
Petit Professor of Political and Social Science at Yale University, died in 1997, leaving a manuscript that "was almost ready for publication" (ix), in the words of his posthumous editor "P.A.H." (one of his children whose identity remains unrevealed).
In 1781, even before the United States had won its independence, Pelatiah
Webster voiced concern that valuable acres would fall into private hands without payment of fair consideration.
The effect of prompt redemption, argued Pelatiah
Webster, would be "that very few ...
65; Arthur Lee, "Cincinnatus V ," in Bailyn, The Debate on the Constitution, 1: 118; Mercy Otis Warren, "Observations on the Constitution ," in Ibid., 2: 288; Noah Webster, "A Citizen of America ," in Ibid., 1: 133; Pelatiah
Webster, "A Citizen of Philadelphia , in Ibid., 1: 182; James Iredell, "Address to the North Carolina Ratifying Convention ," in Ibid., 2: 899.
Webster, "Journal of a Visit to Charleston, 1765", in The Colonial South Carolina Scene: Contemporary Views, 1697-1774, ed.
Webster, a Philadelphia merchant and proponent of ratification, described the sphere of state authority in less than pleasant terms: [The states] will indeed have the privilege of oppressing their own citizens by bad laws or bad administration; but the moment the mischief extends beyond their own State, and begins to affect the citizens of other States strangers, or the national welfare,--the salutary controul of the supreme power will check the evil, and restore strength and security, as well as honesty and right, to the offending state.