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in ballast, will be immediately released, and that orders will be given to bring on the trials of the remainder, should such a course be judged indispensable, without any unnecessary delay.

The measure for which I now ask, being in perfect ac· cord with the friendly sentiments which prevail between

the two countries, I persuade myself will obtain the early assent of his majesty. I pray your excellency, &c.

JONATHAN RUSSELL. The Duke of Bassano, &c. &c.


Taken by French Privateers, since the 1st of November, 1810, and carried into the Ports of France.

Vessels. ' Where from.
Robinson Ova, Norfolk,
Mary Ann, Charleston,
General Eaton, London,



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Where bound.
When taken.

Where brought.
London, Tobacco, cotton and staves, 21st December, 1810, Dunkirk.
id. Cotton and rice,

3d March, 1811, . id.
Charleston, In ballast,

6th December, 1811, Calais.
7th do.

Philadelphia, English manufactures,

Vessel lost off Trequier,

part of cargo saved.

( St. Malo. N. B. This
( Cotton, indigo,'potashes,

vessel was taken with-
{ codfish, fish oil and 20th id.

in the territorial juris-

diction of France.
5 Coffee, indigo, fish, dye-
Naples, 3

20 February, 1811, wood, &c.

Marseilles. Tarragona, 40,000 staves,

27th January, do. do.

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No. 4. Mr. Russell to the Duke of Bassano. Paris, May 6,

1811. Sir, I feel it my duty to represent to your excellency, that the American brig Good Intent, froin Marblehead, with a cargo of oil, fish, cocoa and staves, bound to Bilboa, was captured in December last by an armed launch in the service of the French government, and carried into Santander. Mr. J. P. Rattier, the consul of his majesty the emperor at that place, has taken possession of the cargo, and sold that part which was perishable, retaining in bis hands the proceeds, and placing in depot the articles unsold, until he shall receive the superior orders of bis governient."

The present flattering appearance that the relations between France and the United States will be preserved on the most amicable footing, encouragés me to hope that the case of the Good Intent, after the long detention that has occurred, will attract the early attention of the French government, and that the property will be restored to the American owner.

I pray your excellency to accept the assurances of my high consideration.

JONA. RUSSELL. His Excellency the Duke of Bassano,

Minister of Exterior Relations.

No. 5.


The Duke de Bassano to Mr. Russell. Paris, May 25,

1811. Sir,-The object of the letter you hare done me the honour to address to me on the 7th of this month, was to remonstrate against the sequestration of the American sbip the “ Good Intent,” which had been carried into St. Andero by a French vessel.

The minister of marine, to whom I bastened to write on this subject, has just answered me, that the case is car


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ried before the council of prizes, which is alone competent to decide on the validity of the capture. He adds, that it is before that tribunal, that the owners of the Good Intent ought to be prepared to establish their rights, and that he will have no other agency in this affair than to cause to be executed the decision which shall be made. Accept, sir, the assurance of my high consideration.

LE DUC DE BASSANO. Mr. Russell, Charge des Affaires

of the United States.

No. 6.
Mr. Russell to the Duke of Bassano. Paris, June 2,

SIR,-By the letter which your excellency did me the
bonour to address to me on the 25th ultimo, I perceive
that the minister of marine declines interfering in the case
of the American brig the Good Intent, except to enforce
the decision which the council of prizes may render.

As the Good Intent was captured bound to a port in the possession of the French armies, by a launch in the ser. vice of the French government, I had persuaded myself that sbe would not be treated as a prize, but that she would be restored like the John and ibe Hare, at Civita Vecchia, without the delay of a formal trial. It was in this expectation, that I omitted to place her on the list of American vessels captured since the 1st of November last, which I bad the honour to address to your excellency, in iny note of the 11th ultimo. If his majesty the emperor should find it improper, upon being made acquainted with the circumstances of this case, to distinguish it from cases of ordinary capture, I presume there will be no objection to extending to it the benefit of any general deci. sion which may be taken in regard to those mentioned in the list aforesaid.

I pray your excellency to accept the assurance of my high consideration.

JONA. RUSSELL. His Excellency the Duke of Bassano.

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No. 7. Mr. Russell to the Duke of Bassano. Paris, May 18,

1811. Sir,--On examining the list of vessels whose cargoes have been adınitted, and which your excellency did me the honour to enclose to me in a note dated the 4th of this month, I have discovered that the schooner Friendship has been omitted.

This vessel, as I ain informed, arrived at Bordeaux on the 6th of December last, with a cargo of coffee, which from long detention has suffered considerable damage. As there is no circumstance, within my knowledge, to dis. tinguish the cargo of this vessel from those which have been admitted, I doubt not that her case will be inquired after, and that she will be placed upon the same footing as the others.

I pray your excellency to accept the assurance of my bigbest consideration.

JONA. RUSSELL. His Excellency the Duke of Bassano,

Minister of Exterior Relations.

No. 8. Mr. Russell to the Duke of Bassano. Paris, Jane 10,

1811. SIR,--I conceive it to be my duty to represent to your excellency, that the condition, attached to the admission of American property in France, to export two thirds of the amount in silks, is attended with great inconvenience and loss to the American merchant.

A general requisition to export the neat proceeds of imported cargoes in the produce and manufactures of the French empire, would have been so obviously intended to favour its industry and to prevent any indirect advantage resulting to its enemy by the remittance of exchange, that the right and policy of the measure would have been universally acknowledged. The American mercbant, in this case, permitted to select from the various and abundant productions of the arts and agriculture of France, those articles which the habits and tastes of the American people

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