Charles Jared Ingersoll


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(1782–1862), Philadelphia lawyer, member of Congress (1813–15, 1840–49), and author. Although his works are varied, and include Edwy and Elgiva (1801), and Julian (1831), dramas, two histories of the War of 1812, books of poetry, and works on political economy, he is best known for Inchiquin, the Jesuit's Letters … (1810), an anonymous set of essays purportedly by a Jesuit traveler in America who appreciates the native scene and thus indirectly attacks the criticisms of contemporary English travelers. The scathing criticism of this book in the Quarterly Review (English) precipitated such defenses as Timothy Dwight's Remarks on the Review of Inchiquin's Letters (1815) and Paulding's The United States and England (1815).

From The Oxford Companion to American Literature in Oxford Reference.

Subjects: Literature.

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