Washington: Printed by R.C. Weightman, 1808. 123pp. Gathered signatures, stitched. Contemporary numerical inscription, "No 1," in upper margin of title-leaf. Foxing in outer leaves, creasing in title-leaf, else near fine, untrimmed. Item #WRCAM38644
Senate printing of a large compendium of British, French, and Spanish laws and decrees affecting American trade during those countries' wars from 1791 to 1808. Submitted with a message by Thomas Jefferson on Dec. 23, 1808, this collection of documents was clearly intended to demonstrate the need for a continuation of the Embargo Act of 1807, which by the end of 1808 had lost support from all but its most ardent defenders. Jefferson had made it a point of honor that the Embargo would survive his Presidency, but Congress finally replaced it with the Nonintercourse Act on March 1, three days before Jefferson would end his second term. An important resource, including substantial diplomatic and naval correspondence in addition to the orders and decrees. SHAW & SHOEMAKER 16485. DAH II, pp.207-8.