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The American Patriot

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The American Patriot
November 2, 2007
 The Patriot File, Unearthed
 by Anton Chaitkin
Biographers o Martin Van Buren reer to a newspaper,put out in 1823 and 1824 in New York, called
The Patriot 
,which they say was created solely to attack and undermineVan Buren. These biographers identiy our main men behindthe paper: Gen. Wineld Scott, Gen. Joseph Gardner Swit,Secretary o War John C. Calhoun, and Samuel Gouverneur,son-in-law o then-President James Monroe.I searched out that daily newspaper, mentioned in this anti-Van Buren context, but otherwise unheralded in 20th-Centuryhistorical literature. I ound a set o our bound volumes o thepaper, moldering in the Maryland warehouse o the Library o Congress, and took about 200 digital photographs rom its rstissue, May 28, 1823, to the end o December 1824.Study o 
The Patriot 
opened an unusual window into theminds and actions o its actual sponsors and writers, an ex-tended circle (beyond those named by Van Buren’s scribblingbiographers) o many o the leading strategists guiding Amer-ica in military, political, economic, and literary elds.This kind o valuable window—material that is alive andrst-hand, not ltered through the later accumulations o igno-rance and prejudice; reports on then-current politics, history, andinternational aairs—naturally directs the student to peer into thatperiod, and backward and orward in time, to the thoughts andwork o the predecessors o these patriots, and to those who werelater to ollow in their ootsteps—and to look across the globe, tothe wider sphere o strategic contests, which
The Patriot 
shows tobe the proper context o the current events on which it reports.We are thus aided in orming a more authentic idea o the his-torical and global continuum that is active in the minds and mo-tives o those shaping that period. This helps us outfank the habito academic/commercial historians to load us with their degradedexplanations o why historical gures acted as they did.Within Lyndon LaRouche’s multi-millennial historicaland scientic rame, this study is illuminated by the work o Graham and Pamela Lowry, the investigations o Philip Val-enti and David Shavin, and the published and ongoing work o many other associated thinkers.The intended purview (and the work to be done) extendsacross three overlapping time-arenas: 1) Gottried Leibniz andhis allies in colonial America and Europe, coinciding with thelives o Cadwallader Colden and Benjamin Franklin; 2) theAmerican Revolution and its immediate atermath, with GeorgeWashington, the Marquis de Laayette, Alexander Hamilton,and their Society o the Cincinnati; and 3) the nationalists, WestPoint, the Whigs, the mentors o Abraham Lincoln and his suc-cessors. Franklin D. Roosevelt, to conceptualize his course o action, reached back, around the evils o the Teddy Roosevelt/ Woodrow Wilson/Andrew Mellon era, to this earlier humanistlegacy. This is the heart o the story o America as a project, ando the modern world made possible by the ideas o power sup-plied by Leibniz and Franklin and their heirs.
The chronology given below ocusses on what was ini-tially seen through the window o 
The Patriot 
, its general pe-riod and locus o action, only touching on certain available-to-hand aspects o the earlier and wider reality which will bethe proper subject o historical inquiry. The current documentis intended to spur interest and collaboration, with in-depthanalysis to come in uture articles.
1. Prehistory
Cadwallader Colden
is in Lon-don, amidst the Leibniz-Clarke battle (the debate o Leibnizianscience versus Newtonian dogma). Colden then goes to Amer-ica, lives in Philadelphia, marries James Logan’s cousin. At the
1. Anton Chaitkin, “Leibniz, Gauss Shaped America’s Science Successes,”
, Feb. 9, 199.
 The American Patriot
November 2, 2007
The American Patriot 7invitation o New York governor Robert Hunter (ally o gover-nors Spottswood and Keith, the colonial leaders sponsored bythe Swit-Leibniz-Queen Anne action,
Colden moves to NewYork and becomes surveyor general o the province.
Colden writes the rst document on the need to im-prove the route which was to become the Erie Canal. Coldenaddresses to Gov. William Burnet, Hunter’s chosen successor,“A Memorial Concerning the Fur-Trade o the Province o New York,” stressing the necessity to develop the river/por-tage route rom the Hudson River along the Mohawk Valleyto Lake Erie. This memorial is published a century later as anappendix in the 1829 book,
 Memoir o DeWitt Clinton
, by Da-vid Hosack, the physician who attended the Burr-Hamiltonduel and cared or the dying Hamilton.
Colden’s “The History o the Five Indian NationsDepending on the Province o New York” is rst published.Colden studied the problem o achieving peace with the Indi-ans whom the British and French oligarchs and Jesuits wereusing against American continental development.
Colden hires immigrant Charles Clinton as a sur-veyor. Over the years Colden advances Clinton’s career andbrings him into prominent society.
Abraham Kästner
receives his copy o Colden’s
2. H. Graham Lowry,
 How the Nation Was Won: America’s Untold Story,1630-1754
(Washington, D.C.: Executive Intelligence Review, 2004 reprinto 1988 edition).3. David Shavin, “Leibniz to Franklin on ‘Happiness,’
, Spring2003.
1745 anti-Newtonian work on the physicalnature o the universe,
Principles o Actionin Matter 
Kästner publishes a Germantranslation o Colden’s work.
Colden’s work is published in Par-is, by the networks o 
 Benjamin Franklin
Colden receives the 1748 German edition o hisbook, translated and critiqued by Kästner. Colden writes toFranklin about having received it and not knowing German,and “I nd my name oten in company with those o verygreat ones Newtone, Leibniz, and Wolus and Leibnizs Mon-ades oten mentioned a New Doctrine which perhaps youhave seen and is o great repute in Germany.” Colden then hasKästner’s commentary translated into English by Reverend
 John Christopher Hartwick 
Colden and Franklin collaborate on electricity andon the attack against Newton. Swiss mathematician LeonhardEuler attacks Colden, who writes to Franklin that Euler “writesmuch like a Pedant—highly conceited o himsel.”
Franklin and Colden send a reply to Kästner. Käst-ner’s known response was to organize the Leipzig scienticcommunity to sponsor a trip to America or his protégé, My-lius, who unortunately died beore he could reach Franklin
The frst edition o 
The Patriot
 , May 28, 1823.
 What Is an AmericanPatriot?
This article is part o a series aimed at unearthing the realhistory o the American patriotic tradition, and causingits revival. The purpose is to create the political and in-tellectual climate in which a genuine American patrioticcandidate can emerge or the 2008 elections—a candi-dacy which does not yet exist.O special relevance in this ght is the period o theearly 19th Century, when patriots had to ght in the con-text o series o poor, or even treasonous Presidents (c.Jackson, Van Buren, Pierce, Polk, Buchanan). The actthat our greatest President, Abraham Lincoln, was pro-duced rom this political environment, testies to the e-ectiveness o the network o republican orces rom thisperiod, many o whom are totally unknown to the Amer-ican public today. The LaRouche movement has workedor decades to uncover the original writings and otherevidence o this network, materials which will orm thebasis or many o the articles in this series.We began this series in the last issue, with the work o an exemplary patriot, James Fenimore Cooper. In thisissue, we expand that story.
8 The American Patriot
November 2, 2007and Colden in America.
Franklin is at the Albany Congress, in Colden’sNew York province.
 James Clinton
, son o Colden’s surveyor, enters thecolonial militia.
Franklin goes to England, spurs and guides the hu-manist inventors and developers o the Industrial Revolution.
Colden, James Clinton’s amily sponsor, becomeslieutenant governor o New York.
Philip Schuyler 
, colonial militia ocer, goes toEngland. He inspects the newly completed
 Bridgewater Ca-nal
, which Franklin’s circle had organized the Duke o Bridge-water to construct. This canal opens Manchester to industry,and the little Franklin circle quickly builds other canals, nu-merous inventions, mining, and the rst steam engine. Schuy-ler determines that such a canal must be built in America.
Franklin directs the American strategy or thedevelopment o the West. He creates the Illinois company, whichcomes under the management o Robert Morris and James Wil-son, Illinois planned to be populated bygovernment-aided settlers with cheapmortgages. Under the British yoke, Frank-lin struggles to create Ohio.
 Lord Shel-burne
dissembles to Franklin that althoughhe approves o Franklin’s Ohio scheme,other Brits oppose it, because they will notpermit the establishment o a settled powerin the interior o North America.
Birth o James Clinton’s son,
 DeWitt Clinton
James Clinton becomes a colo-nel in the Patriot militia, a brigadier gen-eral the next year.
The American Revolution.The Americans take areas o the Westrom the British. But the British remainthere, surrounding and menacing the rstsettlers rom British Canada. The West iscut o rom the new U.S.A. to the east,by the mountains.
 Jonathan Williams
(age 2) joins his great uncle—Benjamin Frank-lin—in Paris. Williams sets up his base inNantes, as the Continental Congressagent in charge o arms supplies beingshipped rom France.
George Clinton, brother o Gen.James Clinton and son o Colden’s sur-veyor, becomes the rst governor o NewYork State (governor 1777-95, 1801-04).His nephew DeWitt begins political lie assecretary to Governor Clinton.
 Elkanah Watson
goes to France bear-ing messages to
, then tours andintensively inspects the canals in Holland.
British and Tories direct the Indians in the horrible,long-remembered massacre at Cherry Valley, N.Y.
Gen. James Clinton, ordered by Washington to takecommand at Lake Otsego, to punish the Cherry Valley mas-sacre perpetrators, amously dams the lake at its outfow intothe Susquehanna River, raising the lake level, and when ready,bursts the dam so that his heavily laden supply boats get sweptdown the river to reach General Sullivan.
 Alexander Hamilton
marries Elizabeth, daughter o Philip Schuyler.
At Revolution’s end,
George Washington
worksin New York plotting the route or a canal to Lake Erie, and inthe middle Atlantic or routes to the Ohio River. Organizingor these canals by Washington and Hamilton leads to the as-sembling o the Constitutional Convention in Philadelphia.Elkanah Watson, back rom Europe, meets with Washing-ton to discuss the development o a New York canal to LakeErie.
Founders o 
The Patriot
(clockwise rom the top let): Gen. Winfeld Scott, top U.S. militarystrategist; Gen. Joseph Gardner Swit, leader o West Point; John C. Calhoun, pro-nationalist statesman, beore succumbing to intrigues and becoming a “Southern” anatic;President James Monroe, who sponsored the paper politically, and whose son-in-law,Samuel Gouverneur, fnanced it.

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