[Philadelphia. 1798]. 8pp. Dbd. Small marginal tear to fore-edge of final leaf. Very good. Untrimmed. Item #WRCAM52571
In a message regarding the XYZ Affair, with attached correspondence, President Adams states to Congress that he "Will never send another Minister to France, without assurances, that he will be received, respected and honored, as the representative of a great, free, powerful, and Independent Nation." The letters related to the episode include correspondence from Secretary of State Timothy Pickering, with his instructions to the envoys to France (John Marshall, Elbridge Gerry, and Thomas Pinckney), warning them: "In no event is a treaty to be purchased with money, by loan or otherwise. There can be no safety in a treaty so obtained. A loan to the Republic would violate our neutrality: and a douceur to the men now in power might by their successors be urged as a reason for annulling the treaty, or as a precedent for further repeated demands." The message also contains letters between Gerry and Talleyrand. EVANS 34825. ESTC W26016.