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A

COLLECTION

OF

STATE P A P E RS,

RELATIVE TO THE

WAR against FRANCE

Now carrying on by GREAT BRITAIN and the

several other EUROPEAN POWERS:

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N fubmitting to the Public the Seventh Volume of this Col.

lection, the Editor flatters himself that it will be found to in clude documents of equal, perhaps of superior importance, to any of those contained in the preceding volumes.

As he has been singularly fortunate in procuring a considerable number of State Papers, which, he trusts, have never yet been published in England, he thinks it necessary to direct the attention of the Public in a more particular manner to them. Of the negotiation at Paris between the United States of America and the Reo public of France no complete account had hitherto been collected; the Editor therefore obtained from America an official copy of the proceedings printed by order of Congress. The very detailed letter from the American minifters* upon the differences between the two nations, and upon the conduct of France towards the United States, has never yet been published in this country. The same affertion may be made with respect to the answer of the American ministerst to the letter of the French minister for foreign affairs. But the Editor has also been able to render the narrative of the negotiation still more complete even than the official publication of the American government. That publication concludes with the departure of General Pinckney and General Marshall from Paris. From the French official papers the Editor has extracted all the subsequent correspondence between Mr. Gerry and the French minister to the departure of the former from France, and the final rupture of the negotiation.

Hitherto the Public have only seen a short and unsatisfactory account of those disturbances at Vienna which led to the departure of the French ambassador Bernadotte from that capital. The reader will here find.an official account of the event by Bernadotte

* Page 232 to 265.

+ Page 399 to 426.

himself,

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