Philadelphia: Printed for J. Ormrod, No. 41, Chesnut-Street. By Ormrod and Conrad. . 42pp, as issued. "Authentic" printed at head of title. Lightly foxed. Bound in modern blue cloth and quarter morocco, gilt-lettered spine title. Title leaf dusted and reinforced at blank inner margin. Else Very Good.
French Minister Adet transmits to Secretary of State Pickering "a resolution taken by the Executive Directory of the French Republic, on the 14th Meridor, 4th year, relative to the conduct which the ships of war of the Republic are to hold towards neutral vessels. The flag of the Republic will treat the flag of neutrals, in the same manner as they shall suffer it to be treated by the English." Adet blames the English for taking advantage of "the well known liberality of the French nation." England has caused American vessels "to be detained, taken them into their ports, and dragged from them Frenchmen and French property." Regrettably, America did not "take steps in favor of her violated neutrality." Now France must restore "the equilibrium of neutrality' by seizing enemy property on board American vessels.
Adet's Message, which-- to the Administration's great annoyance-- he evidently first published in The Aurora, "excoriated Washington's administration for its hostility to France and announced that the French would start seizing American ships and searching for contraband, in the English style" [Fleming, 'The Great Divide: The Conflict Between Washington and Jefferson That Defined a Nation 239. 2015].
Evans 30442. ESTC W21390. Sabin 56773. Item #38154