An Illuminated History of North America; From the Earliest Period to the Present Time with a Complete History of the United States

An Illuminated History of North America; From the Earliest Period to the Present Time with a Complete History of the United States

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1854 edition. Excerpt: ...not, however, to come direct from that high source, but from himself, under the fictitious firm of Roderique, Hortales, and Company, to be ostensibly established at Port St. Francois in St. Domingo, whence the great bulk of the articles were to be furnished. Mr. Lee fully understood them to be delivered out of the French magazines, and that only a slight and formal return was expected. By this underhand channel, twenty-five thousand muskets and other supplies were in the beginning of 1777 received in America, and were of the utmost use to Washington in the equipment of the new army which he was then levying. In the end of that year, however, Congress were much surprised by the demand, from an agent of Beaumarchais, of payment for all the stores thus furnished. Several letters explaining the transaction had been intercepted; and the mystery in which the whole was involved rendered it impossible for them to give an absolute refusal. Their commissioners, however, were instructed to seek in the most delicate manner an explanation from the French ministers, intimating their belief that they had been indebted to his majesty alone for these valuable supplies. That court, however, on being repeatedly pressed by the British ambassador upon this subject, had not scrupled to deny having afforded any aid whatever to the colonies; so that a breach of its honour, that is, an exposure of its deceit, was apprehended, in now making the statement. The minister therefore replied, that Beaumarchais had merely received these stores from his majesty's arsenals as a personal accommodation, and on condition of replacing them; gravely adding, that he knew nothing of such a house as Roderique, Hortales, and Company. Some time after, a controversy having arisen with Mr....
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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 11mm | 381g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236501861
  • 9781236501868