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JOINT COMMISSIONER OF THE UNITED STATES TO THE COURT OT
FRANCE, AND SOLE COMMISSIONER TO THE COURTS OF SPAIN

AND PRUSSIA, DURING THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR.

WITH HIS POLITICAL AND LITERARY CORRESPONDENCE AND HIS PAPERS
ON DIPLOMATIC AND POLITICAL SUBJECTS, AND THE AFFAIRS OF

THE UNITED STATES DURING THE SAME PERIOD.

BY RICHARD HENRY LEE,

A. M., H. A. M.

Author of the Life of RICHARD HENRY LEE.

IN TWO VOLUMES.

VOL. II.

Boston :
PUBLISHED BY WELLS AND LILLY, COURT STREET

1829,

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DISTRICT OF MASSACHUSETTS, TO WIT:

District Clerk's Office. BE IT REMEMBERED, that on the first day of September, A. D, 1829, in the fifty-fourth year of the Independence of the United States of America, Wells & Lilly, of the said District, have deposited in this Office the Title of a Book, the Right whereof they claim as Proprietors, in the words following, to wil :

Life of Arthur Lee, LL. D. Joint Commissioner of the United States to the Court of France, and Sole Commissioner to the Courts of Spain and Prussia , during the Revolutionary War, with his Political and Literary Correspondence, and his Papers on Diplomatic and Political Subjects, and the Affairs of the United States, during the same Period. By Richard Henry Lee, A. M. H. A. M. Author of the Life of Richard Henry Lee."

In conformity to the Act of the Congress of the United States, entitled " An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies

of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies, during the times therein mentioned ;" and also to an Act, entitled, “ An act supplementary to un Act, entitled An Act for the encouragement of Learning, by securing the Copies of Maps, Charts and Books, to the Authors and Proprietors of such Copies during the times therein mentioned ; and extending the Benefits thereof to the Arts of Designing, Engraving, and Etching Historical, and other Prints."

JNO. W. DAVIS,
Clerk of the District of Massachusetts.

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" Paris, April 19th, 1777. To his excellency Baron Schulenburg at Berlin.

Sir,–We received the letter which you did us the honour to write to us of the 15th ultimo, and should earlier have replied particularly thereto, but from the daily expectation we had, of receiving orders from the congress of the United States on this important subject. We have their commands to inform his Prussian majesty's ambassador here that they propose to send minister to your respected court with all convenient expedition, properly empowered to treat upon affairs of importance; and that we are in the mean time instructed and authorised by the congress to solicit the friendship of your court, to request that it would afford no aid to their enemies, but use its good offices to prevent the landing of troops by other powers to be transported to America, for their destruction ; and to offer the free commerce of the United States to the subjects of Prussia. We have taken the earliest opportunity of obeying these commands. But considerVOL. II.

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