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Memoirs of the Administrations of Washington and John Adams; Edited from the Papers of Oliver Wolcott, Secretary of the Treasury

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 edition. Excerpt: ... cess. Private ambition will be powerfully succoured by the derangement of the affairs of individuals. It is also a period when there is a stress on the departments of public business, that requires patience and a conflict with popular prejudice to cure. I doubt not we shall get safely overall difficulties. The weather is more inclement than known for many years. I hope to find some private conveyance for a packet of the pamphlets of the day. I am, sir, your obedient humble servant, CHAUNCEY GOODRICH. The President, in his speech, had mentioned that some circumstances of an unwelcome nature had recently occurred in relation to France; that our trade had suffered, and was suffering extensive injuries in the West Indies, from the cruisers and agents of the French republic; and that communications had been received from its minister here, which indicated danger of a continued disturbance of our commerce by its authority. Further communications on these subjects were transmitted, in January, by a special message, inclosing copies of a letter from the Secretary of State to Mr. Pinckney, and other documents. The complaints of M. Adet, contained in his final note, as well as the communications of his predecessors, embraced most of the transactions of our government in relation to France, from an early period of the war. The whole were reviewed in Col. Pickering's despatch; the justification of the government being supported by copies of the correspondence and documents relating to the affairs of the two countries. As a state paper, this production was admirable. Comprehensive in its details of facts, and forcible in its reasoning, it secured to its author a reputation for ability which, had he left no other evidence, could not be shaken. As an... Hide synopsis

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