[Boston: 1813]. 22pp. Disbound and lightly foxed. Clipped presentation inscription by Vans. Good+.
President Washington had appointed Vans Consul to France; he lived there from 1794-1799 and then, departing for America, placed $450,000 in securities in trust with John and Richard Codman, merchants at Paris. Claiming they embezzled the funds, he won a judgment against them; however, under Massachusetts law their deaths barred him from satisfying his claim against their executors. He documents his claims and the Codmans' fraud.
Cohen 14288. OCLC 270735691 [3- AAS, Yale, Chicago Hist. Mus.] [as of August 2016]. Item #33195