Secretary for Foreign Affairs Awaits James Monroe's Arrival
Wednesday, March 23, 1803: Page 2, column
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.