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AN ALPHABETICAL LIST, AND ABSTRACT OF FOUR HUNDRED AND SIXTY-SEVEN AWARDS, IN FAVOUR OF AMERICAN CLAIMANTS, MADE BETWEEN FEBRUARY 1802, AND THE 15th JULY, 1803, BY THE BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS UNDER THE SEVENTH ARTICLE OF THE BRITISH TREATY; PAYABLE BY THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT, ACCORDING TO THE LATE CONVENTION IN THREE EQUAL INSTALMENTS, ON THE 15 JULY, 1803, 1804, AND 1805. PUBLISHED BY AUTHORITY.
[Washington. 1803]. - [2],24pp. Folio. Contemporary plain blue wrappers, string-tied as issued. Wrappers lightly worn around the edges. Some small tears, creases, and a bit of soiling in the page edges. Very good. Untrimmed. This copy was sent by the State Department to the collector of Newport, as indicated by a manuscript inscription at the head of the titlepage: "The Secretary of State requests the Collector of New[port] to permit any person enquiring for this list to per[use] the same. Dept. of State 14 Nov. 1803." Under the seventh article of the 1794 treaty between the United States and Great Britain, commonly known as "Jay's Treaty" after American negotiator, John Jay, England agreed to compensate American merchants and citizens for losses incurred through the actions of British ships during the French Revolutionary Wars. The present work lists hundreds of American ships that fell victim to the British navy, gives the name of the ship masters and of the American claimants, the amount due to the claimant, and the agent in London to whom the amount was payable. One page contains a list of cases that are still "unfinished business before the board" as of July 15, 1803. Apparently not in Shaw & Shoemaker. OCLC locates a total of three copies (listed under two records), at the Peabody Essex Museum, Western Reserve Historical Society, and Yale. The first two put the place of publication as London, and Yale puts forth Washington. The phrasing of the titlepage, which refers to the Jay Treaty as the "British Treaty" inclines us to believe that this was printed in Washington. Rather scarce, and a significant document in the history of Anglo-American spoliation claims. OCLC 41000116, 54194043.
      [Bookseller: William Reese Company - Americana]
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