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Report of French minister of foreign relations. March 10,
1812 - - - - . - 411
Message, June 22, 1812, transmitting copies of letter from
Mr. Russell to Secretary of State, and from lord
AMERICAN STATE PAPERS.
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE
HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES. DEC. 31, 1810.
I lay before the House of Representatives a supplemental report of the Secretary of State, containing information, received since the date of my last message, on the subject, of their resolution of the 21st instant.
Department of State, Dec. 31, 1810. Sır,–Having just received from general Armstrong the enclosed communication, (marked D) I hasten to transmit it to you, as a supplement to the reportówhich I had the honour of laying before you on the 28th of this month.
With the highest respect and consideration, I have the honour to be, &c. ,
R. SMITH. The President of the United States.
Washington, Dec. 29, 1810. Sir-In giving the few papers I brought with me another examination, I have found the enclosed extract from the minutes of the French council of commerce of the 12th of September last. Having a connexion with the subject of my letter of yesterday, I bave the bonour of transmitting it to you, and at the same time of renewing the assurances of my very high consideration.
JOHN ARMSTRONG. Hon. Robert Smith, Secretary of State.
Extract from the Minutes of the Office of the Secretary
of State. At the Palace of St. Cloud, Sept. 12, 1810.. NAPOLEON, emperor of the French, king of Italy, protector of the confederation of the Rbine, and mediator of the Swiss confederation :
Upon the report of our minister of the interior:
After having heard our council of the administration of the finances, and in conformity with our decree of the 5th of August, 1810.
We have decreed and do decree as follows:
Art. 1. The duties of entry upon the articles of merchandise hereafter mentioned, are regulated in the following manner:
8 00 400 00 1,500 00 200 00
American pot ash, per quintal . .
idem, Dried fish,
idem, Ordrilla, “ Curcuma,"
francs. cents. Gum of Senegal, Arabick,
idem, . . 75 00 Iaric,
Gayac, Gum Copal
Shellac, Indian Rubber,
per quintal decimal, 200 00 Gum Ammoniac,
Segapanum, Gum elemi,
500 00 gute,
600 00 opoponas,
150 00 Red Sandal wood,
20 00 Aloe wood,
- 800 00 Nephretic wood,
500 00 “Rhodes” wood
200 00 Sandal Citron wood,
250 30 Tanaris wood,
150 00 Brazil wood,
15 00 Caliatour wood,
ART. II. Our ministers of the interior, of justice, and of the finances, are charged with the execution of the present decree,
NAPOLEON. By, the Emperor. The Minister Secretary of State,
H. B. DUKE OF BASSANO. The Counsellor Director General of the Customs,
THE COUNT DE SUSSY.
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES RELA
TIVE TO THE FLORIDAS. JAN. 3, 1811.
FROM THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES TO CON.
GRESS. JAN. 12, 1811.
I TRANSMIT to Congress, copies of a letter from the minister plenipotentiary of the United States, at London, to the Secretary of State, and of another, from the same, to the British secretary for foreign affairs.
Mr. Pinkney to Mr. Smith. London, Nov. 5, 1810.
Sir, I have presented a second note, of which a copy is enclosed, to lord Wellesley, on the subject of the orders in council, under an impression that the state of the king's health (for which I beg to refer you to the paper herewith transmitted) did not render it improper, and that if it was not improper on that account, it was indispensable on every other.
The day had gone by when the Berlin and Milan decrees were to cease to operate, according to the commu. nication made by the government of France to the American minister at Paris, and published in the official journal of that government; and yet no step whatever had been taken, or apparently thought of, towards the revocation of the British orders. I had received no explanation of the reasons of this backwardness, and no such assurance, looking to the future, as could justify an opinion, that it would not continue. Lord Wellesley's letter of the 31st of August, which I bad left unanswered till after the 1st of November, that I might stand on the strongest possible ground when I did answer it, made no profession of being a present measure, and (though from obvious motives, i have not so represented it in my note to him of the 3d inst.) was vague and equivocal as a prospective pledge. It defined nothing, and was so far from warranting any specifick expectation, that it seemed rather to take away the very little of precision which belonged to former declarations on the same point. It was highly important to the commerce of the United States, that this - ambiguity