Foreign Maritime Affairs of the Early Republic

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 (3d., ed., 12 vols., 1819) presents a glimpse into the diplomatic relations of the United States before the publication of the Foreign Relations of the United States began in 1861. In these volumes will found translated documents from revolutionary France (vol.1), representations of traders and merchants from Baltimore decrying British seizure of their ships and goods (vol. 5), and, in turn, Spanish protestations against American privateers (vol.,12). The messages from the presidents can be found elsewhere, but many of the other documents are revelatory and not found easily in other sources. The American State Papers, Foreign Relation series, covers similar ground but continues through 1838; again, maritime matters figure prominently in the companion series on Naval Affairs.


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