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Although I have had no reason to suspect, that this government has ever deviated from the resolution, which I have formerly attributed to it, of declining to enter into any political connexion with Sweden and Denmark, I have nevertheless, since the receipt of your Lordship’s last instructions, renewed my enquiries upon the subject, in an incidental conversation with Mr. Hamilton, from whom I...
This letter will be delivered to you by Mr Strickland, a very respectable English Gentleman and a friend of mine, whom, as he proposes making a tour in the eastern states, I take the liberty of introducing to your acquaintance, and of assuring you, that I shall esteem any attentions and civilities shewn to him as personal favors conferred upon myself— I have the honor to be with the greatest...
In obedience to your Lordship’s instructions, I endeavoured to ascertain immediately, as far as it was in my power, the probability of this government’s acceding to any propositions that have been or may be made to it by Sweden and Denmark, on the subject of becoming a party to the convention into which those powers have recently entered. For this purpose, I took an early opportunity of having...
In answer to your letter of this date, it is only necessary for me to remark, that as you have not stated to me any principle whatsoever; relative to the sailing from ports of the United States of the vessels of nations hostile to each other, that can have dictated the Presidents determination on this point of the 16th cur[ren]t (and announced to me on the 18th) which ought not to have...
I have had the honor of receiving your letter of this date, inclosing the President’s determination with respect to the space of twenty four hours to be allowed to elapse from the departure, from Ports of the United States of vessels belonging to one of the belligerent Powers previously to their being followed by ships of war or other armed vessels belonging to another belligerent Power: but...
I have had the honor of receiving your letter of the 10th curt. on Saturday Evening, and the inclosure referred to in it, this forenoon. On this last mentioned paper, which is the report of the first legal officer of the United States in the district of Pennsylvania, and under the impression of which the federal government has deemed it expedient to refer to the State jurisdiction the inquiry...
[ Philadelphia, March 10–April 17, 1794 ] “I have the honor of transmitting … a letter … which on the 10th. of March I addressed to the Secretary of State on the subject of the encroachments by the citizens of Vermont on the territory occupied by his Majesty’s arms. To this letter I have not as yet received any answer, though both Mr. Randolph and Mr. Hamilton have assured me that the...
[ Philadelphia, April 15–16, 1794 ] “… the answer … to Mr. Pinckney’s Memorial … was laid before the two houses of Congress … but it has not as yet been ordered to be printed . I have had however the satisfaction of learning from Mr. Hamilton that it has been well received by this government.” D , PRO: F.O. Transcripts or photostats from the Public Record Office of Great Britain deposited in...
The project of appointing a special commissioner to Great Britain having been … for some time in contemplation, I have necessarily been solicitous to obtain some precise knowledge of the objects of the negociation which will be committed to him. I therefore took occasion from the receipt of your Lordship’s last dispatches and in the course of one or two days afterwards to have some...
As I imagined it probable that from the circumstance of a part of the proscribed privateers having been either captured by his Majesty’s cruizers or disarmed by order of this government, occasion might be taken to detract from the urgency of attending to my remonstrances I deemed it incumbent upon me to specify particularly the proscribed privateers which were at that time either within the...
I have the honor of informing your Lordship, that Mr. Shoolbred communicated to me in a letter dated the 9th of January last, which I received towards the end of that or early in the beginning of the succeeding month, the circumstance of certain British seamen, who had been captured on board of the ship Friendship, by the French sloop of war the Lascasas, (and who with the vessel were brought...
I have had the honor of receiving your letter of the 26th curt., communicating to me the President’s refusal to give any order for ascertaining the degree of Injury, sustained by the Sloop Hope of Antigua, in consequence of her capture by the privateer le Citoyen Genet. Having never entertained a doubt that this particular vessel, from the circumstances under which she was taken, would have...
In consequence of our conversation of this morning, I have made the necessary enquiries relative to the Sloop Hope of Antigua Captain William John Richardson, and I learn that that vessel was captured, on her passage from St. Bartholomews to Norfolk, near the capes of Virginia, on the 10th. day of August last by the privateer le Citoyen Genet—was sent into this port, where she arrived on the...
I have the honor of acknowledging the receipt of your letter of the 8th. curt:, relative to the distance from the sea shore, in which the territorial protection of the United States shall be exercised. I shall be at all times ready to enter into any friendly conferences and explanations upon this subject; and in the mean time it becomes my duty to acquiesce in any regulations, which the...
I have the honor of acquainting you that, in consequence of the requisition contained in your letter of the 10th: curt:, I have communicated the subject of it to his Majesty’s different Consuls in the United States; and have directed them to pursue such measures as may be the best calculated for facilitating the object of the regulation, to which your letter refers. I have the honor to be,...
I have the honor of acknowledging the receipt of your two letters of the 10th. of November, informing me that the district Attorney of the State of Maryland has been instructed to take measures, for finally settling the cases of the British brigs, Conyngham, and Pilgrim, captured by the French privateer the Sans Culottes of Marseille, and reclaimed, as taken within the jurisdiction of the...
In answer to your letter of the 13th. curt:, I have the honor of informing you that I have not yet received such definitive instructions, relative to your communication of the 29th. of May 1792, as will enable me immediately to renew the discussions upon the subject of it, which have been for some time suspended. I can however repeat with confidence my conviction, that the continuance of the...
I have had the honor of receiving your letter of the 14th. curt:, upon which, as it announces the fixed determination of this government not to restore the British ship Roehampton, it is unnecessary for me, to offer many observations, or to enter into a minute examination of the reasoning or the facts by which that determination is justified. I cannot however avoid remarking that although your...
In a letter, which I had the honor of addressing to you on the 6th. of September, I acquainted you with my having received information, that in the course of the last five or six weeks, antecedent to that date, a privateer, named the Industry, had been illegally fitted out in the port of Baltimore. As you never controverted my assertion, nor required from me any evidence to substantiate it, I...
The undersigned, his Britannic Majesty’s Minister plenipotentiary to the United States, has the honor of submitting to the Secretary of State the accompanying deposition ; from which it appears that on the 6th. ulto., the British brigantine Pilgrim from Nanticoke in Maryland bound to Barbadoes was captured by the French Xebeck privateer, le Sans Culotte of Marseille, at the distance of two...
You will perceive that the original of Baker’s deposition, a copy of which accompanies My public letter of this date, is in the possession of Mr. Bond; but as that Gentleman is at some distance at present, and as my means of communication with him are neither facile nor frequent, I have not judged it expedient to wait the obtaining of it, but should you wish to receive it, it shall be...
I have this day had the honor of receiving your letter, dated the 9th. curt., in answer to my memorials of the 4th. and 6th. of this month. As there appears to subsist an essential difference between us, on a matter of fact, I esteem it necessary for my justification, to assure you that my statement, of the establishment of a regular succession of cruizers , from the French fleet stationed at...
I have the honor of transmitting to you, a copy of an additional instruction , given by his Majesty’s order in council, to the Commanders of the British armed vessels, respecting the commerce of neutral nations with France in the article of grain, and also with regard to such French ports as may in the course of the war be blocked by the vessels of his Majesty, or of the other powers engaged...
I have the honor to inform you that I have received the inclosed copy of Mr. Shoolbred’s commission, as his Majestys Vice-Consul for the states of North Carolina, South Carolina and Georgia, which he has forwarded under a presumption that a copy would be competent to the purpose of obtaining the recognition of the President of the United States. The particular cases of exigency, which have...
I have had the honor of receiving your letter, dated yesterday, and I request you to accept my acknowledgements for the full exposition which you have given me of the intentions of this government, relative to prizes taken by privateers fitted out in ports of the United States. Should any future captures be made by armed vessels of this description, I shall certainly employ every exertion in...
The undersigned, his Britannic Majesty’s Minister plenipotentiary to the United States, has the honor of submitting to the Secretary of state the accompanying papers, relative to the capture, by the French brig le Cerf, of the British brigantine the William Tell, which, with its cargo, is the property of subjects of Great Britain, resident in the island of Dominica. From these papers it is...
The undersigned, his Britannic Majesty’s Minister Plenipotentiary to the United States, has the honor of representing to the Secretary of State—that since the 12 of July last, a very considerable French fleet has arrived in the ports of the United States—that of this fleet several ships are now cruizing in the adjacent seas—but that the principal part of it, consisting of two ships of 74 Guns...
The additional instruction to British Ships of war and privateers, which your Lordship has been pleased to communicate to me, had reached this country two or three weeks antecedently to the arrival of the packet, and had excited considerable alarm both in the merchants and in the members of the government. A day or two after the receipt of it, I had a conversation with Mr. Hamilton, who...
Several communications having at different times passed between you and myself, both in conversation and in writing, on the subject of the prizes made by the French privateers, fitted out in the ports of the United States; I have thought it expedient, for the sake of perspicuity and of avoiding future misunderstanding, to reduce the result of those communications under one point of view, and...
List of privateers, fitted out, armed and equipped, in Ports of the United States. L’Anti-George Savannah Le Citoyen Genet } Charleston. Le Sans culotte Le Vainqueur de la Bastille La Caramagnole River Delawar. Le petit Democrat Philadelphia Le Republicain } Boston. Le Roland lost taken MS (