[Philadelphia. 1798]. 72pp. Dbd. Light even toning. Very good. Item #WRCAM55596
This message is the second entirely devoted to the troubles of the United States with France, the XYZ Affair, and the naval "Quasi-War." The French government had attempted to extort a bribe from the American envoys Charles Pinckney, John Marshall, and Elbridge Gerry. This news had initially been delivered to Congress on April 3, 1798. The present document, published a month later, further discusses the situation with France. Here, Adams transmits to Congress the correspondence between his three ministers and the French government. They disclaim any hostile American intentions toward France, and insist upon the right and duty of the United States to remain neutral in the European War. The ministers insist that America has been "at peace with all of the belligerent powers," and has treaty obligations to remain so. The American practice of yielding up to British vessels French goods found on American ships in the high seas is defended under international law. The ministers vigorously protest the French practice of seizing American vessels and towing them to French ports, which was one of the central American complaints during the Quasi-War with France. "Excellent documentary coverage of the French-American relations during their undeclared war" - Jenkins. EVANS 34819. ESTC W26156. JENKINS COMPANY, EARLY AMERICAN IMPRINTS I:506. REESE, FEDERAL HUNDRED 75 (ref).