[Philadelphia. 1799]. 16pp. Printed in two columns. Modern plain paper wrappers. Trimmed closely, affecting edges of text. Contemporary notations to first page. About good. Item #WRCAM45449
Brief pamphlet outlining the details of the XYZ Affair. The incident known as the XYZ affair had its origins in a French attempt to coerce a bribe from American envoys in order to engage in negotiations to improve relations between the two countries. The incident only served to sour Franco-American relations, leading to the so-called "Quasi War." "This is not the official printing but a pamphlet made by repaging a newspaper printing of the message" - Evans. EVANS 36548.