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From George Washington to the U.S. Senate, 15 February 1796

To the United States Senate

United States February 15. 1796

Gentlemen of the Senate

Herewith I transmit, for your consideration and Advice, a Treaty of peace and Amity concluded on the fifth day of last September, by Joseph Donaldson Junior on the part of the United States, with the Dey of Algiers for himself his Divan and subjects.1

The instructions and other necessary papers relative to this negociation are also sent herewith, for the information of the Senate.2

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LS, DNA: RG 46, entry 53; copy, DNA: RG 59, Reports of the Secretary of State to the President and Congress; copy, DLC:GW.

1A printed copy of the treaty with Algiers is filed with this letter in DNA: RG 46. See also ASP, Foreign Relations, 1:530–32, and Miller, Treaties, description begins Hunter Miller, ed. Treaties and Other International Acts of the United States of America. Vol. 2, 1776-1818. Washington, D.C., 1931. description ends 275–317.

2These enclosures included extracts of Thomas Jefferson’s instructions to John Paul Jones, 1 June 1792, and letter to David Humphreys, 21 March 1793; extracts of letters and instructions from Edmund Randolph to Humphreys, 19 July and 25 Aug. 1794 and 28 March and 4 April 1795; extracts of letters from Humphreys to Randolph of 17 Sept. 1794 and to Timothy Pickering of 28 Nov. 1795; and Pierre Eric Skjöldebrand’s letters to Humphreys of 13 Aug. and 10 Sept. 1795 (DNA: RG 46, entry 53; see also ASP, Foreign Relations, 1:528–30).

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