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Be it remembered, that on the first day of January, A. D. 1819, and is the forty-third year of the Independence of the United States of America, Thomas B. Wait, of the said district, has deposited in this Office the title of a book, the right whereof he claims as proprietor, 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. Third edition Published under the patronage of Congress. Including Confidential Documents, first published in the second edition of this work.

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 sup. plementary 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,



The publick are now presented with a second edition of State Papers and Publick Documents of the United States. In the first edition the publishers stated the care they had taken and the rules by which they had been governed in selecting and arranging the Papers ; and expressed a hope “that the undertaking in their proposals would be considered as honourably fulfilled.” This hope has been more than realized. They have been gratified not only with the approbation of a numerous list of subscribers, but by the sanction of Congress, who have been pleased to direct that the Secretary of State should subscribe for and receive five hundred copies of the present edition. Since which the Senate of the United States have authorized the publication of confidential documents that have never appeared, which add peculiar value to the work, and complete the view of our foreign relations up to the present period.

These confidential papers are referred to in the work, and will be published in a sup. plementary volume.



The two preceding editions of this work contained the State Papers and Publick Documents from the adoption of the Federal Constitution to the close of the thirteenth Congress, in March, 1815, in nine volumes; together with a tenth volume of Confidential Documents, not before pub: lished.

The present edition contains the abovementioned ten volumes; to which are added, two volumes, continuing the work from the thirteenth to the end of the first session of the fifteenth Congress, in April, 1818.

An Index to the first nine volumes will be found at the end of vol. ix.; and to the two last volumes, at the end of volume xii. The tenth volume, containing Confidential Documents, has a separate Index.

After the numerous subscriptions with which the two former editions had been honoured, the publisher could not and did not expect the extraordinary support which has been given to the third. In Virginia, the subscription is without parallel. There is reason to believe that in that state alone there are at least one thousand subscribers for the present edition. The publisher, in no case, has ever printed or proposed to print the names of subscribers ; but a patronage so liberal, and from a quarter so respectable, demands an acknowledgment: a list of the subscribers' names will therefore be inserted at the end of vol. XII.

An omission has been discovered in the preceding editions, which is most sincerely regretted: It is the Inaugu. ral Address of President Adams. How this could have been overlooked or forgotten by the publisher he knows not. It was not because Mr. Adams himself, or his high qualifications as a statesman, or his ardent patriotism, or his moral excellence, had been forgotten : these had been the subjects of unceasing admiration from the commencement of that great revolution, of which he was a founder, a supporter, and an ornament-an admiration which continues undiminished at the moment of writing this apology.

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Message, March 5, 1792, transmitting letter from king

of France, announcing acceptance of national



Message, March 7, 1792, relative to negotiations at



Message, April 13, 1792, transmitting correspondence

relative to commerce with Great Britain


Message, May 8, 1792, relative to Algiers


Speech opening Congress, Nov. 6, 1792


Message, Nov. 7, 1792, transmitting papers relative

to Spanish interference with Creek Indians 38

Speech, opening Congress, Dec. 3, 1793

President's proclamation of neutrality, Dec. 3, 1793 44

Message, Dec. 5, 1793, relative to insulting conduct

of Genet, and French claims


Documents on French debt and complaints


Papers accompanying message, Dec. 5, 1793, rela-

tive to British depredations and violations of trea-

ty of peace


Documents relative to France, acompanying mes-

sage, Dec. 5, 1793


Message, Dec. 16, 1793, relative to Spain


Message, Dec. 16, 1793, transmitting report of Secre-

tary of State relative to treaty with Morocco, and

peace with Algiers


Report of Secretary of State on the privileges and re-

strictions on the commerce of the United States

in foreign countries, Dec. 16, 1793


Message, Dec. 23, 1793, transmitting papers relative

to Spain, and truce between Portugal and Algiers 437

Message, Dec. 30, 1793, transmitting letter from re-

presentative of Spain


.Message, Dec. 30, 1793, transmitting report of Secre-

tary of State, of laws, decrees and ordinances in

countries having commercial intercourse with the

United States


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