1797.008: Secretary Pickering's Letter answering French Complaints.

Published: 1797

Full Title: A letter from Mr. Pickering, secretary of state, to Mr. Pinckney, minister plenipotentiary at Paris, in answer to the complaints communicated by Mr. Adet, minister of the French republic, against the United States of America.

Author: Pickering, Timothy (1745-1829), secretary of state.

Place Issued: Richmond

Issuing Press: Thomas Nicolson

Description: 96 pgs.; 18 cm. (8vo).


In a letter dated January 16, 1797, Pickering provided Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825), then in Paris, with the position of the Federalist administration on charges made by Pierre-Auguste Adet, representing the revolutionary government of France, that the recent treaty with Great Britain (Jay's Treaty, 1796) violated both the spirit and letter of the 1778 treaties with France, so aiding the British in their ongoing war with the French Republic. Imprint lacks date; during 1797, Pickering's letter was published as a dated pamphlet in at least four other American locales, and in two Paris translations, so the date supplied here.

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