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Stael de Holstein to the American Commissioners, 5 October 1784

Stael de Holstein to the American Commissioners

à Paris ce 5 Octobre 1784

Messieurs

J’ai eu L’honneur de repondre préallablement au Secretaire de La Commission pour les Traités des Etats Unis de L’Amerique, Monsr. Humphries, en recevant La Lettre que Messrs. Les Ministre Plenipotentiaires m’ont fait L’honneur de m’ecrire, que je ne manquerai pas de La mettre Sous les yeux du Roi, mais que je Souhaitois pour gagner du temps d’etre mis dans le cas de pouvoir d’abord communiquer à Sa Majté. quelques notions Sur les additions qu’on auroit à proposer de la part des Etats Unis.

Supposant Messieurs que Vous entriez dans cette idée, je n’ai pas du tarder de Vous informer qu’un Courier Suedois retourne d’içi dans une couple de jours, par lequel on aura une occasion Sure d’envoyer des papiers relativement à cette affaire.

J’ai L’honneur d’etre avec une consideration très distinguée Messieurs Votre tres humble et tres Obeisant Serviteur

E: M. Stael de Holstein

RC (DNA: PCC, No. 59, ii); endorsed in part: “from The Ambassador of Sweeden.” Tr. (DNA: PCC, No. 116).

Following Tr of the above letter in the Minutes of the Commissioners (DNA: PCC, No. 116) there is the following entry: “In consequence of the preceding letter the subsequent verbal information was remitted to His Excellency the Ambassador by Mr. L’Asp Secretary to the Sweedish Ambassy, viz., ‘The objects of the supplementary Treaty proposed on the part of the United States with His Sweedish Majesty are in substance these: 1. To bring the condition of the Subjects and Citizens of each party trading in the dominions of the other more nearly to that of Natives than it is at present; the island of St. Bartholomew presents itself as a part of this object which the United States would wish to have laid as open to them as they will lay their Countries to the Subjects of His Sweedish Majesty. 2. To provide by stipulations, while the two nations are in terms of friendship with each other, that if ever a war should unhappily fall out between them, it shall not interrupt commerce or agriculture, and that prisoners of War shall be favourably treated.’ Octr. 8. 1784.”

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