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Washington, George (1732-1799) [Appointment of David Humphreys Commissioner Plenipotentiary for Algiers treaty]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03196 Author/Creator: Washington, George (1732-1799) Place Written: Philadelphia Type: Document signed Date: 30 March 1795 Pagination: 1 p. : vellum : docket ; 32.3 x 45.1 cm

Summary of Content: President George Washington's Commission of Humphreys to negotiate a treaty of amity and commerce with Tripoli. Countersigned by Sec. of State Edmund Randolph. Features paper seal, image visible on verso. Docket on verso reads "To the Most Illustrious the Bashaw, Lords and Governors, of the City and Kingdom of Tripoli."

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

Full Transcript: George Washington

President of the United States of America;

To the Most Illustrious The Bashaw, Lords and Governors of the City & Kingdom of Tripoli.

Being desirous of establishing and cultivating ...Peace and Harmony between our Nation and the Most illustrious the Bashaw, Lords and Governors of the City and Kingdom of Tripoli, I have appointed David Humphreys one of our distinguished Citizens, a Commissioner Plenipotentiary, giving him full power to negociate and conclude a Treaty of Amity and Commerce with you. And I pray you to give full credit to whatever shall be delivered to you on the part of the United States by him, and particularly when he shall assure you of our sincere desire to be in peace and friendship with you and your people. And I pray to God to give you health and happiness
Done at Philadelphia this thirtieth day of March 1795, and in the nineteenth year of the Independence of these United States:

Go: Washington
By the President of the United States of America
Edm: Randoph
Secretary of State

[Address:]
To the Most Illustrious the Bashaw,
Lords, and Governors of the City &
Kingdom of Tripoli
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People: Washington, George, 1732-1799
Lear, Tobias, 1762-1816
Randolph, Edmund, 1753-1813

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: PresidentTreatyDiplomacyGovernment and CivicsCommerceBarbary CoastBarbary PiratesBarbary WarsAfrica

Sub Era: The Early Republic

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