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REPORT OF THE COMMITTEE OF COMMERCE AND MANUFACTURES, TO WHOM WAS REFERRED, ON THE 17TH OF DECEMBER LAST, THE PETITION OF HENRY STOUFFER, AND ANDREW WALLACE. 10TH FEBRUARY, 1800.

[Philadelphia: 1800] 16pp, bound in attractive modern marbled paper over boards, printed title slip laid down on front cover. Very Good. The 'Genius' was a ship owned by the New York City lawyer [and New York's 45th Mayor] Cadwallader Colden. It captured "a French armed ship called the Columbus, on the high seas as prize," pursuant to the 1798 Act of Congress authorizing such seizures in order to protect American commerce during the French-English war. The 'Genius' took the 'Columbus' "into a British port in the Island of Tortola, to be libelled and tried." The British Court of Vice Admiralty condemned 'Columbus' and ordered it sold. Colden bought 'Columbus'. He resold it to Stouffer and Wallace, who then sought to register it as an American vessel. Registration, however, was refused. They claim they were "misled" into believing that American registration would occur as a matter of course; and seek passage of a bill to accomplish that purpose. The Committee recommends denial of their Petition. The Report includes the proceedings at the Court of Vice Admiralty, several pages of Instructions for the Private Armed Vessels of the United States, and the relevant Act of Congress. FIRST EDITION. Evans 38854. Cohen 14247. NAIP w021877 [9].


Book Id: 21639

Price: $350.00

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