London. 1808. [4],2,[2],75,[1]pp. Half title. Later marbled wrappers. Front wrapper detached but present, spine chipped. Very good. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM28053

As stated on the titlepage, reprinted from the SUN newspaper, where Courtenay used the pseudonym, "Decius." A series of critical letters, castigating the British negotiators and President Thomas Jefferson over an aborted U.S.-British treaty. The treaty, negotiated by James Monroe and William Pinkney with the British Lords Holland and Auckland, was signed in 1806, and made public in 1807 but never ratified. It provided for a reduction in British commercial restrictions, but Jefferson rejected it because it lacked a formal ban on the British practice of impressing American sailors into duty. The tone of the letters is represented in such statements: "I am no advocate for war with America; I would turn indignantly from those who wish war for commercial purposes; but I would not go on doatingly heaping benefits upon a people who return our blessings with a curse...."

The failure of Great Britain and the United States to agree on a number of contentious issues, especially impressment, would ultimately lead to the War of 1812.
SABIN 17183. KRESS B5327.

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