The Atlantic Volume 31

The Atlantic Volume 31

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1873 edition. Excerpt: ...fought out their difference. Hamilton's opinion was, that before M. Genet was admitted to an audience with the President, the government should " qualify " that reception by declaring that the question of the validity of the treaties was "reserved." In supporting this opinion he took the ground which George III. had taken in making war upon France: he presumed to sit in judgment upon the acts of the French people. He arraigned the Revolution! "No proof," said he, " has yet come to light sufiicient to establish a belief that the death of Louis is an act of national justice." He also said: " It was from Louis XVI. that the United States received those succors which were so important in the establishment of their independence and liberty. It was with him, his heirs and successors, that they contracted their engagements, by which they obtained those precious succors." Amplify these two statements to a vast extent; support them by a prodigious number of curiously subtle and remote reasons; throw in the usual citations from Vattel, Grotius, Wolf, and Puffendorf; add some remarks upon the danger of guaranteeing to France islands that might be taken by the English; and you have the substance of Hamilton's paper upon the reception of Genet. Jefferson replied to it at much length. Besides giving his colleague an ample supply of Vattel, Puifendorf, Grotius, and Wolf, arranged in parallel columns, executed with singular neatness, he favored him with some passages of pure Jeiferson, which have become part and parcel of the diplomatic system of the United States.. " If," said Mr. Jefferson, "I do not subscribe to the soundness of the Secretary of the...show more

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  • Paperback | 490 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 25mm | 866g
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  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236978919
  • 9781236978912