London. 1798. 30pp., printed in double columns. Small quarto. Later buckram, spine gilt. Titlepage a bit dusty, moderate pencil underlining. Very good. Item #WRCAM36386
British printing of President John Adams's message to the Congress regarding the so-called "XYZ Affair," in which American envoys to France had had bribes solicited from them by the French Foreign Minister, Talleyrand. Included here are Adams's instructions to Pinckney, Marshall, and Gerry, as well as the American envoys' report on the extortion attempts. The "Genet Affair," the "XYZ Affair," depredations on American trade, and other actions had put great strain on French-American relations, to the point that an unofficial naval "Quasi- War" existed between the two nations. An important collection of documents on a scandal which no doubt brought the British pleasure and diplomatic advantage. OCLC locates only six copies. Rather scarce. SABIN 1230. OCLC 6988776.