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Maclure, William]
Philadelphia, 1807. Stitched in worn original plain wrappers. Inscribed, "The property of Alexander Stewart Jr. Esq. Secretary of the United States Insurance Company | Philadelphia." [2], [2], [2], 4, [1], 10-145, [1 blank] pp, including folded tables [as issued]. Mildly toned, occasional light foxing, two closed tears without loss. Good+ or so. This pamphlet is "a statement of transactions" of the Board of Commissioners appointed in 1803 to adjust French Spoliation Claims arising from the 1798-1799 Quasi- War with France. The Commission was established pursuant to the third document executed at the 1803 Convention with France, which is printed here. The other two Convention documents resulted in America's acquisition of Louisiana. Maclure, a member of the Board and also considered the Father of American Geology, published this work "to satisfy rational enquiry- prevent misrepresentation and shew how far the late American Commissioners at Paris endeavoured to execute what they considered their duties." It is a detailed compilation of correspondence, tables, and other documentation concerning the American claims. The adjudication of American citizens' claims against the French government was America's Jarndyce v. Jarndyce, occupying the time and expense of several generations. Cohen 7638. Sabin 43556. [Attributes: Soft Cover]
Bookseller: David M. Lesser, ABAA [Woodbridge, CT, U.S.A.]
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