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Pickering Turns Down a Lobbyist and Mentions Jefferson, Adams, Napoleon and Postage Fees!
PICKERING, TIMOTHY. (1745-1929). American soldier, founding father and secretary of state for Presidents George Washington and John Adams. ALS. ("Timothy Pickering"). 4pp. 4to. Salem, September 1, 1824. To JAMES CAUSTEN (1788-1874), a War of 1812 naval veteran and Baltimore merchant and attorney who lobbied Congress on behalf of merchants whose ships and cargo were seized by France during the Quasi-War of 1798-1800. "I received on the 9th your letter of the 2d of August on the Subject of the claims of American merchants for French spoliations between and during the years 1793 & 1800, which were abandoned and renounced by our own government, in the treaty made with Bonaparte, when First Consul. You seem to wish and expect me to write an elaborate treatise, or dissertation on the subject, in order to establish the claims of the merchants, for indemnities, on our own government. Really, sir, I have not as you appear to suppose, the ambition to figure in that line. It is a subject for an able lawyer & civilian who will be paid for his labour. My opinion is sufficiently manifested in my 'review,' which you inform me you have read. But that will not have any weight with the National Legislature. And if, by an ample discussion, I could demonstrate the justice of the claims in question, I am far from thinking that provision would ever be made to discharge them. The magnitude of their amount, with other considerations, forbids the expectation of such provision being made by Congress for paying them out of the public treasury. I have an impression (but perhaps I mistake) that some me … [Click Below for Full Description]
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