The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934 Page: 153
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Book Reviews and Notices
to 1793 brought him before the Virginia Court of Appeals, where
several times he crossed swords with John Marshall; as a United
States Senator from 1792 to 1794 he opposed the bank, favored
the submission of the Eleventh Amendment, and helped to or-
ganize the Republican Party. "In December, 1798, he intro-
duced and opened the debate on the . .. Virginia Resolu-
tions," contending that "a State had a right to contest the con-
stitutionality of a law of Congress" and that "it would be absurd
that the creature [the Federal government] should exclusively
construe the instrument [the Constitution] of its own existence",;
in 1803, while serving out the unexpired term of United States
Senator Stevens T. Mason, deceased, he engineered the Twelfth
Amendment through the Senate and supported the right of the
United States to acquire the territory of the Louisiana Purchase;
by 1809 he belonged to the Tertium Quids and from then on
practiced independence from political parties.
Taylor was a prolific writer. In 1813 he published the Arator,
a series of essays on the causes of an unhealthy agricultural con-
dition in Virginia and on methods of improving agriculture
largely through fertilizing of the soil; in 1814, almost twenty
years late, he published An Inquiry Into the Principles and
Policy of the Government of the United States in answer to
John Adams's Defense of the American Constitution; in 1820 he
published Construction Construed and Constitutions Vindicated,
denying the constitutional validity of appeals from state courts
to the United States Supreme Court and refuting the constitu-
tional arguments by Marshall in McCulloch v. Maryland; in
1822 his Tyranny Unmasked appeared as "the most powerful and
comprehensive attack upon the protective tariff system that can
be found in American history"; in 1823 New Views of the Con-
stitution appeared with "Taylor's constitutional logic in its most
If the reviewer were called on to name the strongest chapters
of the book he would list the fifth, in which Taylor's views on the
nature of the Union are given, and the last four, that is, the
tenth through the thirteenth, entitled, respectively, Slavery and
the Missouri Question, The Foe of Centralizing Tendencies, A
Stalwart Leader to the End, and Estimate of Life and Char-
acter. The writer has made good on the subtitle of his book
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Texas State Historical Association & Barker, Eugene C. The Southwestern Historical Quarterly, Volume 37, July 1933 - April, 1934, periodical, 1934; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth101094/m1/166/: accessed August 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas State Historical Association.