Philadelphia: Ross, 1797. 63, [1 blank] [of 72] pages, else Very Good. Disbound and stitched, lightly toned. The 63 pages print all 18 of the Documents listed on pages 3-4.
This publication prints State Department documents referred to in Adams's speech to a special session of Congress. Adams had excoriated France for rebuffing Charles Pinckney, whom President Washington had dispatched to Paris as America's Minister in late 1796. Adams fulminated, "[W]e are not a degraded people, humiliated under a colonial spirit of fear and sense of inferiority, fitted to be the miserable instruments of foreign influence; and regardless of national honor, character and credit." The documents report on "the injuries committed on our commerce, the insults offered to our citizens."
Evans 32966. Item #27999