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Your tyrants are completely baffled. The effects of your letter are exactly the contrary to what it was intended to produce. Your brutal attempt to blacken this character was all that was wanted to crown his honour and your infamy. You were before sunk to a level with the damned, but now you are plunged beneath them. The vile democrats, nay even Franklin Bache, with whom you boast of being in close correspondence, can say not a word in its defence. All the apology for you is, that you wrote at the instigation of the despots of Paris. Thus the great " Rights of Man," the sworn foe of corruption, and the reformer of nations, winds up his patriotic career: his being bribed is pleaded as an alleviation of his crimes.
REMARKS ON THE PROCEEDINGS IN CONGRESS.
JANUARY 20, 1797.
J. HE following message from the President of the United States was communicated to the two Houses.
Gentlemen of the Senate, and of the House of
At the opening of the present session of Congress. I mentioned that some circumstances of an unwelcome nature had lately occurred in relation to France; that our trade had suffered, and was suffering, extensive injuries in the West Indies from the cruisers and agents of the French Republic; and that communications had been received from its minister here which indicated danger of a further disturbance of our commerce by its authority, and that were, in other respects, far more agreeable: but that I reserved for a special message, a more particular communication on this interesting subject. This communication 1 now make.
The complaints of the French minister embraced most of the transactions of our government in relation to France, from an early period of the present war; which, therefore,
it was necessary carefully to review. A colle&ion has been formed of letters and papers relating to those transactions, which I now lay before you, with a letter to Mr. Pinckney, our minister at Paris, containing an examination of the notes of the French minister, and such information as I thought might be useful to Mr. Pinckney, in any further representations he might find necessary to be made to the French government. The immediate object of his mission was to make to that government such explanations of the principles and conduct of our own, as, by manifesting our good faith, might remove all jealousy and discontent, and maintain that harmony and good understanding with the French Republic, which it has been my constant solicitude to preserve. A government which required only a knowledge of the truth, to justify its measures, could not but be anxious to have this fully and frankly displayed.
UNITED STATEs, january 19, 1797. }
To give the letter, accompanying this message, is impossible ; nor would its insertion here, perhaps answer any useful purpose ; as it has already been published both in the public papers and in a panmphlet. It is, however, necessary to observe, that it should be read and well remembered by every one, who is interested in the honour and happiness of this country. Adel's charges against the Federal Government, which were combated in the November Censor, have here met with a more ample refutation: reasoning that never can be overturned, because founded on facts that never can be denied. The motives of the insidious friendship of the French, from first to last, are completely unveiled : in place of a debt of gratitude, it is now clear that America owes them nothing but resentment and contempt : resentment for their treachery, and contempt for their threats.
Upon the reasonable supposition, that very few,
if any of my readers, ever see the Gallican Gazette of