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Secretary for Foreign Affairs Awaits James Monroe's Arrival

Wednesday, March 23, 1803: Page 2, column 1

A treaty consisting of twenty-five, six or seven article is ready and will be presented to Mr. Monroe on his arrival at Paris.

 Mr. Monroe will be received by the Secretary For Foreign Affairs "with assurances of high consideration;" he will be told the Chief Consul is particularly gratified in the person chosen for the important mission; and as in his book, he has asserted and vindicated the open and candid exposure and discussion of all public differences, it is the wish of the Chief Consul to enter into an immediate negotiation and without delay to remove all grounds of just complaint. In order to do this, Mr. Monroe will be invited to show his instructions, that if they should not be fully adequate to the important objects which may be brought under investigation, no time may be lost in addressing himself to the Court of the President of the United States for more ample powers, &tc.

;A letter from New Orleans, dated Feb. 15, says "The intelligence communicated in your last relative to the subject of New Orleans, has surprised us all here ; and what has added not a little to our astonishment, is the complacent manner in which Congress has taken up the business ; of which we were informed a few days ago by an arrival from New York. On receiving this information our hopes of redress and relief perished." We perceive in it a ruinous policy of delay and sameness substituted for energy and decision. Before any answer can possibly be received from the Court of Spain, Louisiana will be in possession of the French, and we here, obligated to submit any yoke imposed on by our trade to these "lords of the creation." Indeed the quiescent manner in which your government has noticed this violent aggression on the part of Spain will operate on the future administration of this country, whether French or Spanish, as an invitation to insult and wrong.

"If the government of the United States had authorized a dissension this place, to hold it as a pledge of negotiation so far from meeting any resistance. I am inclined to believe, they would have then applauded and joined by the principal part of the of the inhabitants, under the expectation of thereby avoiding a French administration which is truly unpopular here.

"I enclose you a publication of the Intendant, issued a few days since. It was produced in consequence of a representation from the Town Council. We look upon it as adding insult to injury. They will permit you to carry on a trade with which they cannot dispense without starving, but the stamina of your commerce is trampled on. Why did not your government lay an embargo on all provisions from the upper country? -- The business would then have been adjusted. As long as they open their mouths they will have to keep their port open for provisions.