American Magazine, pp. 422-423
The American Magazine reviewed volume two of The Federalist in its May and June issues, just as it had reviewed the first volume in its March and April issues. The reviewer was probably editor Noah Webster, best known for his dictionary. He praised the essays as "excellent," "clear," "just," "valuable," and "very judicious." Webster complimented the author for his "great reading and profound knowledge of the principles of government." He concluded that "these essays compose one of the most complete dissertations on government that ever has appeared in America, perhaps in Europe. . . . They will be useful in diffusing political knowledge" throughout America.