The Probationary Odes of Jonathan Pindar, Esq. (1796)
This is the title page of The Probationary Odes of Jonathan Pindar, Esq. (1796), a collection of fourteen anti-Federalist poems written by St. George Tucker but published anonymously. Originally appearing in Philadelphia's National Gazette newspaper in 1793, these popular satirical odes were printed in book form three years later by Benjamin Franklin Bache, a grandson of Benjamin Franklin. The Latin epigraph for the book reads Ridiculum acri / Fortius et melius magnus plerumque fecat res., or "generally humor gets to the point of big matters more effectively and better than seriousness," a quote from the Roman poet Horace.
Citation: The Probationary Odes of Jonathan Pindar, Esq. a Cousin of Peter's, and Candidate for the Post of Poet Laureat to the C.U.S. In Two Parts. PS855 .T2 P7 1796. Special Collections, University of Virginia, Charlottesville, Va.