Writings of John Quincy Adams - Vol. 7

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the range to his imagination, he makes a bear of a bush and charges his colleagues with having let the wild beast loose, and set him upon the unoffending people of the west. It was from necessity and not from choice that he resorted to this expedient. Of the real proposition he could have made nothing to excite suspicion or odium against his colleagues. He then treated their proposition as he now treats his own letter.

The truth is that our proposition was made to meet the British demand, and I venture to say there was not one member of the mission but was convinced the British government would immediately reject it. From the time that they gave up the claim to territory on the Mississippi they had no interest in the right to navigate the river. Of what possible use could it be to them clogged with the payment of duties upon the merchandise to be floated down upon it? Their only object was to try to get something for renouncing it. They rejected our proposal, because it offered them nothing and they plainly told us so. Since the peace they have given up all pretension to it for nothing.

I say therefore there was neither value to them nor inconvenience to us in the proposal that we made of allowing them to navigate the Mississippi. In our enjoyment of the right of fishing within their jurisdiction and curing fish upon their shores there was both value to us and inconvenience to them. The exclusion of our fishermen from competition with theirs would have been a double advantage to them. And from the indefinite manner in which they had notified the pretended forfeiture, and from the warning to our fishermen after the peace not to approach within sixty miles of the shores, I have no doubt their intention was to exclude us from the whole fishery. I ask you not to measure the value of this fishery to the nation either by the amount of

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • To the President 1
  • Paper Submitted to the President 2
  • Paper Submitted to the President 5
  • Paper Submitted to the President 8
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés1 15
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés 28
  • To John Forsyth 29
  • To John Howard March 32
  • To Albert Gallatin 33
  • To Albert Gallatin 34
  • To Josiah Quincy 36
  • To Henry Middleton 37
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés 40
  • To the President [james Monroe] 43
  • To Henry Middleton 46
  • To Jonathan Jennings 52
  • To Jonathan Jennings 54
  • To Jonathan Jennings 56
  • To Jonathan Jennings 57
  • To the President 59
  • To the President [james Monroe] 61
  • To Albert Gallatin 64
  • To Albert Gallatin 66
  • To Albert Gallatin 68
  • To Albert Gallatin 71
  • To Albert Gallatin 73
  • To Albert Gallatin 75
  • To Henry Middleton 82
  • To Stratford Canning 84
  • To George Sullivan 88
  • To Richard Rush 92
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vives 94
  • To Albert Gallatin 97
  • To Richard Peters 100
  • To Richard Peters 101
  • To the Earl of Carysfoot 105
  • To Hyde De Neuville 107
  • To the President 111
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 113
  • To the President 118
  • To the President 119
  • To the President 123
  • To the President 126
  • To the President 127
  • To the President 160
  • To the President 164
  • To the President 165
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 170
  • To Stratford Canning 171
  • To Stratford Canning 176
  • To, Daniel Brent 178
  • To Daniel Brent 179
  • To Don Francisco Dionisio Vivés 180
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 182
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 183
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 189
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 190
  • To Robert Walsh, Jr. 191
  • To Henry Alexander Scammell Dearborn 196
  • To Edward Everett 197
  • To Joel Lewis 208
  • To Baron Hyde De Neuville 210
  • To Baron Hyde De Neuville 212
  • To Pierre De Poletica 214
  • To Don Joaquin De Anduaga 216
  • To Don Joaquin De Anduaga 245
  • To the Chevalier Amado Grehon 247
  • To Robert Walsh 250
  • To Robert Walsh 252
  • To Joseph Hopkinson 255
  • To Robert Walsh 256
  • To Charles Jared Ingersoll 261
  • To Robert Walsh 266
  • To Robert Walsh 270
  • To Robert Walsh 281
  • To Robert Walsh 283
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 285
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 286
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 288
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 289
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 292
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 294
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 296
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 297
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 299
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 301
  • To Albert Gallatin 303
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 304
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 305
  • To John Adams 307
  • To Louisa Catherine Adams 308
  • To James Lloyd 310
  • To James Lloyd 313
  • To James Lloyd 314
  • To James Lloyd 315
  • To George Mifflin Dallas 319
  • To Robert Walsh 320
  • To Stratford Canning 323
  • To Robert Walsh 330
  • To the Editors of the National Intelligencer 334
  • To the Freeholders of Washington, Wythe, Grayson, Russell, Tazewell, Lee and Scott Counties, Virginia 335
  • To the Freeholders of Washington, Wythe, Grayson, Russell, Tazewell, Lee and Scott Counties, Virginia 354
  • To the Freeholders of Washington, Wythe, Grayson, Russell, Tazewell, Lee and Scott Counties, Virginia 356
  • To Stephen Row Bradley 363
  • To Rufus King 366
  • To Rufus King 366
  • To Rufus King 367
  • To Rufus King 421
  • To Rufus King 422
  • To Rufus King 423
  • To Rufus King 441
  • To Charles Jared Ingersoll 487
  • To Richard Rush 498
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