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ERSUADED of the utility this Censor may be of, if extensively read, the editor has printed a double edition of it, and by that mean has been enabled to reduce the price to One Quarter of a Dollar.

The next Censor will contain a letter to the infamous Tom Paine, in answer to the brutal attack, which the despots of France have certainly paid him for making on General Washington, and on the government and constitution of the United States..

- This Censor will also begin remarks on the debates in Congress.


As nothing is more gratifying than the applause, or profitable than the admonition, of good men, I have reason to congratulate myself on an abundance of both : but as applause ought never to be purchased with money, and as admonition is a commodity that every one is ready to bestow gratis, I must request that future communications of this kind may come to me pust free.--I also beg leave to hint to those who give me advice, which they wish I should follow, not to do it in too dictatorial a style ; for, if I have any good qualities, docility, I am afraid, is not to be numbered amongst them.

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Question 2. Shall a minister from the Republic of France be received ?

Question 3. If received, shall it be absolutely, or with qualifications, and if with qualifications, of what kind ?

Question 4. Are the United States obliged by good faith, to consider the treaties heretofore inade with France as applying to the present situation of the parties---may they either renounce them or hold them suspended, till the government of France shall be established ?

Question 12. Should the future regent of France send a minister to the United States, ought he to be received ?

(No. 7.) The French government, zealous of giving to the United States proofs of its attachment, had commenced negotiations with the regency of Algiers, in order to put an end to the war which that power was making on the commerce of the United States. The minister for foreign affairs, by a letter of the 5th January, 1794, instructed the predecessor of the undersigned to communicate to the federal government the steps which the French government had taken in this respect. The predecessor of the undersigned in consequence wrote to the secretary of state, on the 16th Prairial in the 2d year, the following letter" I have already had the pleasure, Sir, to inform you, verbally, of the interest which the committee of public safety of the National Convention had early taken in the truly unhappy situation of your commerce in the Mediterranean.

“ I now fulfil the duty imposed on me by the government, by calling to your recollection in writing, the steps which are to be taken by our agent with the dey of Algiers, for repressing this new


manoeuvre of the British administration, which has put the finishing stroke to its proofs of malevolence towards free people. The dispatch of the minister communicating this measure to ine, is dated the 5th January, and did not come to my hands till fifteen days ago; I do not yet know by what route ; I could have wished it had been less tardy in coming to me, that I might sooner have fulfilled the agreeable task of proving to you by facts, the protestations of friendship of which I have so often spoken in the name of the Republic of France.

“ The information which I shall receive from Europe in a little time, will doubtless possess me of the success of those negotiations which were to have been opened in January last. If the situation of your affairs is yet such with respect to that barbarous regency as that our intervention may be of some utility, I pray you to invite the president to cause to be communicated to ine the means that he will join to those of the committee of public safety, for the greatest success of the measures already taken.

It 'is in virtue of the express request of the minister that I solicit of the president some communication on this subject; I shall be satisfied to be able to transmit it by a very early conveyance which I am now preparing for France."

The secretary of state replied to him on the 6th June, 1794, by a letter of which the following is an extract.

56 Your other letter of the Ath of June, is a powerful demonstration of the interest which the Republic of France takes in our welfare. I will frankly communicate to you our measures and expectations with regard to Algiers; but as you will so soon receive the detail of those measures, which your government has pursued in our behalf, and


after the rising of Congress some new arrangements will probably be adopted by the executive, it will be better perhaps to postpone our interview on this matter, until the intelligence, which you further expect, shall arrive.”

Then Mr. Jay was charged to negotiate with the British government--and that citizen Fauchet did not afterwards receive any communication on the subject.

(No. 8.) On the 13th Floréal in the 3d year of the Republic (2d May, 1794) the predecessor of the undersigned minister plenipotentiary expressed himself in these terms to the secretary of state upon the blockade of the French colonies.

After so many useless attempts, Sir, you must “ be sensible of the pain I experience in tracing “ this picture so different from that which the “ French Republic gives whenever justice towards “ you is in question, even though her interests are

compromised. It was when a terrible war was “ incessantly devouring her, that she rigorously « fulfilled her treaties with you ; in this instance, “ she demands but justice, and cannot obtain it. “ On the contrary, she sees her enemies admitted “ to an intimacy with you, at the moment in “ which your commerce and your sovereignty

are alike insulted by them; at the moment when “adding derision to injustice they despoil you

anew upon the seas, when they promise to in

demnify you for former acts. This reflection, “ Sir, becomes more grievous when we see posted

up under our eyes the official legalization of a “ proclamation, which prohibits your commerce “ with our colonies, and suspends to you alone “ the laws of nations. I know, Sir, what respect

imposes on me as to what immediately interests

your affairs and your relations as a people. “ But I cannot entirely pass in silence transac



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