[Philadelphia. 1798]. 72pp. Dbd. Titlepage tanned and chipped, with old tape residue on inner margin of titlepage, rough. Else clean. Overall just about good, untrimmed. Item #WRCAM23975
The American reply in the famous XYZ affair, in which the French attempted to extort bribes from the American commissioners. Adams herein transmits dispatch No. 8 from Charles Cotesworth Pinckney, John Marshall, and Eldridge Gerry, all envoys extraordinary to France. The dispatch contains a letter from the French minister Talleyrand to the envoys, as well as their reply telling him to drop dead. ESTC (1990) locates four copies (AAS, DP, NjR, JCB). EVANS 34823. REESE, FEDERAL HUNDRED 75 (ref).