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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 following, 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 accompanying President's Message, July 6, 1812, rela-
tive to British impressments--continued from vol. viii.


Message, July 6, 1812, transmitting report of Secretary of State

relative to British and French seizures and condemnation of Ame-

rican ships and property


Message, July 1, 1812, and documents relative to the Floridas


Message opening Congress, Nov. 4, 1812

Documents accompanying President's message, Nov. 4, 1812; corres-

pondence of Secretary of State, Mr. Russell, lord Castlereagh,
French minister of marine, &c. proposed armistice, orders in coun-
cil, French decrees, &c. &c.


Mr. Erving to Secretary of State, April 12, 1812; capture of Ameri-

can vessels in the Baltick, &c. &c.


Message, Nov. 12, 1812 ; sequel of Mr. Russell's correspondence with

lord Castlereagh


Message, Nov. 17, 1812, transmitting letter from Mr. Lear, consul at



Message, Nov. 18, 1812, transmitting communication from Mr. Russell

to Secretary of State


Message, Jan. 14, 1813. Proceedings of the Senate, Dec. 22, 1812,

with accompanying documents


Message, Jan. 26, 1813, relative to Floridas


Message, Jan. 27, 1813, relative to Floridas


Report of committee of foreign relations relative to causes of war with

Great Britain, Jan. 29, 1813


Message, Feb. 18, 1813. Proceedings of the Senate ; resolution of

18th January, 1813


Message, Feb. 24, 1813, transmitting copy of British proclamation al-

lowing West India trade under special licenses


Message, March 3, 1813, transmitting correspondence of Mr. Barlow

and duke of Bassano


Mr. Madison's inaugural address, March 4, 1813 -


Message, May 25, 1813; Russian mediation, &c. -


Message, June 7, 1813, transmitting report of Secretary of State re-

lative to interchange of ministers with Sweden


Message, July 12, 1813, transmitting report of Secretary of State rela-

tive to definitive repeal of French decrees


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Letters from Mr. Russell to Secretary of State, before the war, rela-

tive to orders in council, &c.


Message, July 12, 1813, transmitting report of Secretary of State rela-

tive to British order in council of April 21, 1812


Message, July 20, 1813, recommending an embargo


Message opening Congress, Dec. 7, 1813 -


Message, Dec. 9, 1813, recommending an embargo


Message, Jan. 6, 1814, transmitting letter from British secretary of

state proposing negotiation for peace


Message, Jan. 18, 1814, transmitting report of Secretary of State rela-

tive to Russian mediation


Message, Jan. 18, 1814, transmitting report of Secretary of State rela-

tive to French omission to accredit American minister


Message, Jan. 19, 1814, transmitting report of Secretary of State rela-

tive to Turreau's letter of June 14, 1809


Message, March 31, 1814, recommending repeal of non-importation

laws, &c.


Report of committee of foreign relations relative to repeal of non-impor-

tation laws, &c.


Message, April 16, 1814, transmitting report of Secretary of State

touching our relations with France


Message opening Congress, Sept. 20, 1814


Message, Oct. 3, 1814, transmitting report of acting Secretary of State

relative to existing state of our relations with continental powers

of Europe


Message, Oct. 10, 1814, transmitting communications from American

plenipotentiaries at Ghent


Message, Oct. 13, 1814, transmitting copies of instructions to American

ministers at Ghent


Message, Dec. 1, 1814, transmitting last communications from Ghent 374

Message, Feb. 18, 1815, transmitting copy of treaty of peace with

Great Britain


Copy of treaty of peace and amity with Great Britain


Proclamation of peace, Feb. 18, 1815


Message, Feb. 23, 1815, transmitting report of Secretary of State,

*ouching relations with Barbary powers


Message, Feb. 23, 1815, recommending war with Algiers


Report relative to protection of American commerce against Algerine



Message, Feb. 25, 1815, recommending that American vessels be navi-

gated exclusively by American seamen


Message, Feb. 28, 1815, transmitting report of Secretary of State rela-

tive to British traffick in negroes


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(Continued from Vol. VIII.]

The Secretary of State to the President of the United States.

Department of State, Feb. 20, 1900. The Secretary has the honour to lay before the President

1. Mr. Liston's note of February 2d, 1800, with papers referred to relative to the rescue of three American vessels from the hands of the British captors, and for the restoration of which he is instructed by his government to apply.

2. Mr. Liston's note of the 4th February, together with his project of a treaty for the reciprocal delivery of deserters; which appears to the Secretary utterly inadmissible, unless it would put an end to impressments, which Mr. Liston seemed to imagine, while the 7th paragraph of his project expressly recognises the right of impressing British subjects, and consequently American citizens, as at present.


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R. Liston presents his respects to colonel Pickering, Secretary of State.

I have, from time to time, taken the liberty of making verbal complaints to you, sir, respecting the practice lately become frequent among the masters and supercargoes of American merchantmen, of rescuing by force or by fraud such vessels as have been detained by the commands of his majesty's ships of war with a view to futurę trial in a court of admirally.

VOL. , IX.

I, in particular, mentioned the cases stated at large in the enclosed papers.

The first is that of the brigantine Experience, detained on the 25th May, by captain Poyntz, of his majesty's ship Solebay. She came from Campeachy, was said to be bound for Charleston, (S. C.) and was loaded with logwood. The cargo was suspected to be enemies' property; and she was afterwards found to have a complete set of Spanish papers.

The American master, Hewitt, and Howe, the supercargo, with the consent of the British seamen who were put on board to navigate her, overpowered the prize master, (Mr. Bryce) kept him prisoner several days, and at last, by threats and violence, forced him to leave the vessel and to go on board of a schooner bound for New Providence.

The second is the case of the ship Lucy, commanded by a Mr. James Conolly, a native of Ireland, calling himself a citizen, of the United States, which was stopt on the 3d of June, hy captain Ferrier, of his majesty's ship York. This vessel had smuggled one hundred and eightyseven new negroes from Jamaica. The captain found means to forge a clearance from the customhouse of Kingston, and afterwards loaded goods at the Havanna, partly the property of enemies, and partly belonging to a Mr. Courtauld, a British subject, who recently held a place in the customs under his majesty's government.

A lieutenant, a quarter-master and ten men, were put on board the Lucy to conduct her to Jamaica'; and with a view to accommodate the master and the other persons who were found in the vessel, Mr. Conolly, Mr. Courtauld, his nephew, two other passengers, with servants and seamen, amounting to twelve in all, were permitted by captain Ferrier to remain on board on their parole. They however secretly armed themselves, and in the night surprised the watch, confined the prize master and the British seamen, and carried the ship to Charleston.

The third case is that of the Fair Columbian, Edward Casey, master, detained by his majesty's ship the Hind, in company with the sloop of war the Swan. She had come from the Havanna ; had no sea brief or register on board; was commanded by a person who had deserted ahout nine months before from his majesty's ship Polyphe

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