A Century of American Diplomacy: Being a Brief Review of the Foreign Relations of the United States, 1776-1876

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New York, 1900 - United States - 497 pages

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Arrival of Jay and his participation in the negotiations
Complications in the negotiations
Departure of commissioners from instructions of Congress 66 Favorable reception of the treaty and prophecies as to its effects
Washingtons objection to French occupation of Canada
Count de Vergennes his services and conduct 81 Lord Shelburnes conduct in the negotiations
Commercial relations after the war Hamburg letter
Return of Franklin and Jay to America and Adams minister
Diplomatic representatives of the Revolutionary period
Jay on the negotiation and ratification of treaties
Possible conflict of powers in foreign affairs
No provision in the Constitution for a cabinet
Powers and duties of Secretary of State
Future needs of the Department of State
Jeffersons doubtful attitude respecting the new constitution
Abuse of Washington by Freneau a State Department clerk
Arrival of Genet minister of the French Republic
Strong opposition to the treaty
Discussion in Congress as to the power of the House over a treaty
Pickering succeeds Randolph as Secretary of State
Appointment of a new commission and peace secured through
Jeffersons greatest achievement the purchase of Louisiana
Protest of the Spanish government against the transfer
Influence of the acquisition on the country
His troubles with the foreign diplomats
The defiance of the Spanish minister
Participation of foreign ministers in Burrs conspiracy
Close of Jeffersons administration and the rising warcloud

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Page 475 - Nothing contained in this convention shall be so construed as to require the United States of America to depart from its traditional policy of not intruding upon, interfering with, or entangling itself in the political questions or policy or internal administration of any foreign state ; nor shall anything contained in the said convention be construed to imply a relinquishment by the United States of America of its traditional attitude toward purely American questions.
Page 392 - Fellow citizens, we cannot escape history. We of this Congress and this Administration will be remembered in spite of ourselves. No personal significance, or insignificance, can spare one or another of us. The fiery trial through which we pass will light us down, in honor or dishonor, to the latest generation.
Page 439 - Europe has a set of primary interests which to us have none or a very remote relation. Hence, she must be engaged in frequent controversies, the causes of which are essentially foreign to our concerns. Hence, therefore, it must be unwise in us to implicate ourselves by artificial ties in the ordinary vicissitudes of her politics, or the ordinary combinations and collisions of her friendships or enmities.
Page 444 - In the discussions to which this interest has given rise, and in the arrangements by which they may terminate, the occasion has been judged proper for asserting, as a principle in which the rights and interests of the United States are involved, that the American continents, by the free and independent condition which they have assumed and maintain, are henceforth not to be considered as subjects for future colonization by any European power.
Page 118 - Energy in the executive is a leading character in the definition of good government.
Page 257 - Parma, the colony or province of Louisiana, with the same extent that it now has in the hands of Spain, and that it had when France possessed it, and such as it should be after the treaties subsequently entered into between Spain and other States.
Page 425 - A neutral Government is bound — First, to use due diligence to prevent the fitting out, arming, or equipping, within its jurisdiction, of any vessel which it has reasonable ground to believe is intended to cruise or to carry on war against a Power with which it is at peace...
Page 136 - On the other hand, the magnitude and difficulty of the trust, to which the voice of my country called me, being sufficient to awaken in the wisest and most experienced of her citizens a distrustful scrutiny into his qualifications, could not but overwhelm with despondence one, who inheriting inferior endowments from nature, and...
Page 199 - But I suppose they must then appeal to the nation for an additional article to the Constitution, approving and confirming an act which the nation had not previously authorized. The Constitution has made no provision for our holding foreign territory, still less for incorporating foreign nations into our Union.
Page 189 - The day that France takes possession of New Orleans, fixes the sentence which is to restrain her forever within her low-water mark. It seals the union of two nations, who, in conjunction, can maintain exclusive possession of the ocean. From that moment, we must marry ourselves to the British fleet and nation.

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