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Treaty of Amity and Commerce between his Moft
Christian Majefty and the Thirteen United States

of America

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Treaty of Alliance Eventual and Defenfive between bis Maft Chriftian Majefty and the Thirteen United States of America

APPENDIX.

Treaty of Amity and Commerce between their High Mightinees the States General of the United Netherlands and the United States of America Convention between the Lords the States-General of the United Netherlands and the United States of America concerning Veffels recaptured Authentic Copy of the Provifional Articles figned at Paris, Nov. 30, 1782, by the Commiffioners of bis Britannick Majesty and the Commisioners of the United States of America

A Lift of Prefidents of the American Congress, arranged in the Order of Time and Succeffion

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PREFACE.

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HIS GRACE

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DUKE of PORTLAND.

MY LORD,

HE Conftitutions of free States

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are fafe in the hands of a friend of Liberty. No difpofition to alter thofe facred records will ever be difcovered on the part of your Grace. The political principles cherished by you, are favourable to the rights of Nature to the happiness of our fpecies; and conformable to fuch principles,

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ples, your Grace's conduct has been amiably difinterested, and exemplarily uniform.

Beloved for a benevolence of nature, revered for integrity of fentiment, Your Grace must expect that every perfon of honour in the kingdom will be warm in your eulogium. However you may shun applause, yet you can_ not help deferving it; and while goodness of heart fhall extort efteem, the DUKE OF PORTLAND will command the veneration of mankind.

For the benefit of a distracted, if not devoted Country, it must be the wish of the most refpectable characters, that Your Grace fhould long continue the effective administration of public affairs. The people at large are fo thoroughly convinced of the rectitude of Your Grace's intentions, that implicit confidence is the tribute they moft chear

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fully pay to your virtue. Plain fenfe and common honefty, my Lord, are perfectly fatisfied: It is only cafuistry, scepticism, and disappointed ambition, which proposes doubts as palliatives of rudeness, as excufes for cavil, or pretenfions to cenfure.

I have the honour to be,

My Lord,

Your Grace's most obedient,

and devoted fervant,

WILLIAM JACKSON.

Lyon's Inn, May 8, 1783.

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