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7379. REPUBLICANS, Federalist coalition with.—

The gross [Chesapeake] insult
lately received from the English has
forced the federalists into a momentary coalition
with the mass of republicans; but the
moment we begin to act in the very line they
have joined in approving, all will be wrong,
and every act the reverse of what it should
have been. Still, it is better to admit their
coalescence, and leave to themselves their
short-lived existence.—
To Thomas Cooper. Washington ed. v, 121. Ford ed., ix, 102.
(W. July. 1807)
See Chesapeake and Federalists.