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the subject of the order of 8th June, 1793. From this
confession, especially from all the tyrannical edicts of the
king of Great Britain, from which the commerce of the
United States as well as their national honour have suffer-
ed so much, a result quite different was hoped from the
negotiation of Mr. Jay. It is evident by the clause of
the treaty limiting the existence of this desertion from the
neutrality to the duration of the present war, that Mr. Jay
did not hesitate to sacrifice our colonies to Great Britain
during the remaining hostilities which should decide their
fate. Mr. Monroe is left to judge how far these conces-
sions accord with the obligation contracted by the Unit-
ed States to defend our colonial possessions, and with the
no less sacred duties imposed on them by the immense and
invaluable benefits which they draw from their commerce
with them.
Paris, the 19th Ventose, 4th year of the French Repub-

lick, one and indivisible. The minister for foreign affairs,

CH. DE LA CROIX. March 9, 1796.

[The other communications accompanying the last message of the President, will be printed first in Vol. 111.]

EN OF VOL. 11.

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