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Secret Message of the President...



Item # 573578

August 13, 1810

CONNECTICUT MIRROR, Hartford, Connecticut, August 13, 1810  The front page of the issue begins the reporting of secret message... "The following is given to the public as the celebrated secret message of President Jefferson, on the 6th of Dec. 1805, respecting our relations with Spain and France, concerning Louisiana. As one of the important documents of the Jeffersonian period, we have thought proper to give it to our readers" "The depredations which has been committed on the commerce of the United States during the preceding war, by persons under the authority of Spain, are sufficiently known to all -- These made it a duty to require from that government indemnification for our injured citizens... To obtain justice, as well as to restore friendship, I thought a special mission adviseable, and accordingly appointed James Monroe minister extraordinary and plenipotentiary, to repair to Madrid, and in conjunction with our minister resident there, to endeavour to procure the ratification of the former convention and to come to an understanding with Spain, as to the boundaries of Louisiana... But the course to be pursued will require the command of means which it belongs to Congress exclusively to yield or deny... To their wisdom then I lock for the course I am to pursue, and will pursue with sincere zeal that which they shall approve."

Also within the issue is other news of the day and numerous advertisements, a few which are illustrated. This is complete in four pages measuring approximately 19.5 x 12.5 inches and is in very nice condition.

Category: Pre-Civil War

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