Excerpt from Eleazar Wheelock Ripley, of the War of 1812: Major General in the United States Army, Member of Congress, Etc
To such results we properly look in judging of the patriotism, the sagacity and courage of Public Men and in deciding what amount of praise or censure, t... hey merit whether in military or civil life.
The people of the United States, prior to 1815, were divided into two political parties, known as federal and republican. General Ripley, in early life, joined the latter and as conducive to a better understanding of the aims and principles which controlled him, and the respective parties, we give in an appendix, a concise history of the ex citing questions which, growing out of the action of the general government, agitated New Eng land during that period.
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