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DISTRICT CLERK'S OFFICE. BE it remembered, that on the twenty-eighth day of October, A. D. 1816, and in the forty-first year of the Independence of the United States of America, Thomas B. Wait and Sons, of the said district, have deposited in this office the title of a book, the right whereof they claim as proprietors, in the words folJowing, to wit:

“ State Papers and Publick Documents of the United States, from the accession of George Washington to the Presidency, exhibiting a complete view of our Foreign Relations since that time. In ten volumes. Second edition. Published under the patronage of Congress. Including Confidential Documents, now first published.”

In conformity to the act of the Congress of the United States, entitled, “An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies, during the times therein mentioned :” and also to an act, entitled, “ An act supplementary to an act, entitled, An act for the encouragement of learning, by securing the copies of Maps, Charts, and Books, to the authors and proprietors of such copies during the times therein mentioned; and extending the benefits thereof to the arts of Designing, Engraving and Etching Historical, and other Prints."

Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

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Documents relative to attack on frigate Chesapeake---continued

from vol. v.


Message, Nov. 11, 1807, relative to Ex-Bashaw of Tripoli


Message, Nov. 13, 1807, transmitting President's proclamation inter-

dicting the harbours and waters of the United States to British

armed vessels


Message, Dec. 7, 1807, relative to Chesapeake and Leopard


Report on letter from William Eaton, Esq.


Message, Dec. 18, 1807, recommending embargo


Message, Feb, 2, 1808, communicating British orders in council 61

Message, Feb. 9, 1808, relative to commencement of war by Algiers 69

Message, Feb. 15, 1808, relative to termination of war with Algiers 70

Message, Feb. 26, 1808, relating to decrees and orders of Great Bri-

tain and France


Message, March 17, 1803, communicating French Milan decree, and

one of Spain in conformity with it


Message, March 22, 1808, relative to England and France


Message, March 22, 1808, and documents, exhibiting a complete view

of our differences with Great Britain and France


Correspondence between Mr. Canning and Mr. Monroe relative to at.

tack on Chesapeake


Correspondence between Mr. Madison and Mr. Rose on same subject 124

Letter from Mr. Madison to Mr. Monroe, Jan. 1804, transmitting plan

of a treaty between the United States and Great Britain


Same to same, Feb. 1804, relative to north-west boundary between

United States and Great Britain


Same to same, March, 1804, relative to expiration of the treaty of

1794, usually called Jay's treaty


Same to same, March, 1805, relative to impressments


Same to same, Jan. 1806, relative to British depredations


Same to same, April, 1806, relative to non-importation act; and ap-
pointment of Mr. Pinkney as minister plenipotentiary


Same to same, May, 1806, relative to north-western and north-eastern

boundaries between United States and Great Britain


Same to same, May, 1807, relative to northern boundaries


Three letters from Mr. Monroe to Mr. Madison, March, April, August,

1804, relative to treaty proposed


Project of a convention presented to lord Hawkesbury, April, 1804 191

Correspondence of Mr. Monroe with lord Mulgrave, Aug. to Nov.

1805, relative to seizures by the British


Negotiation of Mr. Monroe with Mr. Fox, February to June, 1806,

resulting in the modification the question on the carrying trade,

hy the blockade of May 16, 1806, from Ostend to Brest


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Extra official communication with regard to the Canada trade


Letter from Messrs. Monroe and Pinkney, April, 1807, notifying a

change of British ministry, and progress of negotiation


Same to same, April, 1807, relative to additional articles to treaty 387

Copy of additional and explanatory articles to treaty


Letter from Messrs. Monroe and Pinkney to Mr. Madison, Oct. 10,

1807, relative to negotiation with Mr. Canning


Letter from same to same, Oct. 22, 1807, relative to negotiation with

Mr. Canning


Letter from Mr. Monroe to Mr. Madison, Richmond, Feb. 20, 1808,

explanatory of his views of treaty with Great Britain


Extract of a letter from general Armstrong, Paris, July, 1807, relative

to captures by French privateers


Correspondence between Regnier, Champagny, and general Arm-

strong, Sept. and Oct. 1807, relative to Berlin decree


Correspondence of general Armstrong, Nov. 1807, relative to the case

of the Horizon


Copy of the Milan decree, Nov. 11, 1807


Message, March 30, 1808, relative to England and France


Message, April 1, 1808, transmitting report of Secretary of State, rela-

tive to dates of certain letters referred to in letter from general



Message; April 2, 1808, transmitting letter from Champagny, and ano-

ther from Mr. Erekine


Report of committee to whom was referred correspondence between

Mr. Monroe and Mr. Canning, &c. April 16, 1808


Message opening Congress, Nov. 8, 1808


Documents accompanying above message ; correspondence between

Mr. Madison and general Armstrong, relative to Berlin decree and

French depredations


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No. 2.

1. The Captain Commandant of Fort Johnson to the Command

ing Officer of His B. M. Sloop of War Driver. May 2d, 1807.

SIR, THE President of the United States of America, having by proclamation bearing date May 23, 1807, for ever interdicted his Britannick majesty's sloop of war Driver, from entering “any port or harbour of the United States," and the said vessel having entered this port, in contempt of the said proclamation, my duty compels me to demand, that the sloop of war Driver do depart from this harbour within twenty-four hours from the date hereof. Need I add, sir, how repugnant it would be to my feelings should any blood be spilt, which must certainly be the case if this communication be not complied with. Lieutenant Wyndham of the artillery is charged with the delivery of this, and will receive your reply.


Captain Commandant.

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The Commanding Officer of the British Sloop

of War Driver, to the Captain Commandant of Fort Johnson. May 3, 1807.

Sir,-I have received your letter, and having some doubts as to the authority by which it was written, I thought proper to satisfy myself on that head before I should reply.

By the threat it contains you appear, like your government, to have something to learn. A Britislı subject know too well how to respect and obey the laws of his own country, to offer intentionally an outrage to those of others, when once they are known to be such ; but I have to observe, the proclamation you mention to have been issued by the President of the United States of America, in May, 1807, I know nothing of. Of that which was issued in May, 1806, I have only to say, that so far from being either creditable or becoming to the President of a country wishing to be ranked among the civilized nations of the world, it would, in the opinion of every liberal and enlarged mind, have disgraced the sanguinary pen of Robespierre, or the most miserable and petty state of Barbary. It appearing that the supposed offence is to be remedied by a repetition of the circumstances complained of, and that on those who so far from having any thing to do with it, was not even on or near the American coast at the time; and as captain Whitby's trial may probably at this moment be pending, with the concurrence of the United States, and the proclamation resting upon his being brought to justice, it ought not to have been thought of. However as my proceeding to sea comes exactly within the limits of my intention, according to the orders I am under, I shall do so, whenever the pilot shall think it proper, which orders have for their view, the advantage of the American Nag, as well as the protection of the British. But I must observe, that from the difficulty I have experienced in obtaining watey for the purposes I wish, I shall be obliged to have recourse to such methods as are completely in my power, and which I should not otherwise have thought of. In the mean time it is necessary to observe, that his majesty's ship under my command,

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