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Special Message

January 19, 1791

Gentlemen of the Senate:

I lay before you a representation of the charge' d'affaires of France, made by order of his Court, on the acts of Congress of the 20th of July, 1789 and 1790, imposing an extra tonnage on foreign vessels, not excepting those of that country, together with the report of the Secretary of State thereon, and I recommend the same to your consideration, that I may be enabled to give to it such answer as may best comport with the justice and the interests of the United States.


George Washington, Special Message Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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