Adams Papers

V. Proposed Amendment to Article 24: A Translation, 22 – 29 August 1782

V. Proposed Amendment to Article 24: A Translation

Article 24 would be changed in the following manner.

If at any time the United States of America shall judge necessary to commence negotiations with the King or Emperor of Morocco and Fez and with the Regencies of Algiers,1 Tunis, or Tripoli or with any of them to obtain passports for the security of their navigation in the Mediterranean Sea, their High Mightinesses promise that upon the requisition which the United States of America shall make of it, they will second such negotiations in the most favorable manner, by means of their consuls residing near the said King, Emperor, and Regencies.

Consenti avec l’Addition D’Algiers.2

MS (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Article 24. Puissances barbaresques.” The Dutch text is followed by a French translation by C. W. F. Dumas. Filmed at [22-29 Aug.], Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 357.

1This word was written in the left margin.

2This passage, “agreed with the addition of Algiers,” is in JA’s hand. The article was included verbatim as Art. 23 in the final version of the treaty (No. VIII, below).

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