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Eleventh Volume of State Papers. Message of the President of the United States, trans. IN the political system of the modern world, so long as it contained no f Owerful state out of Europe, war was the great third auditor, by which long standing claims between nations were liquidated.
As no power of importance could finally remain neutral, in a time of general hostility, there was little opportunity for claims to be long prosecuted and ultimately settled, in the way of negotiation, and by the payment of indemnities.
And whenever claims were long protracted, or late revived, it was not so much from the dilatory nature of negotiation, as from reasons of state.
One of the first import- ant consequences, which resulted from the rise, on this side of the Atlantic, of a powerful nation, able from its natural position to keep out of the European vortex, exposed as a neutral to depredations from the belligerents, and yet not in the way of having all accounts wiped out, by a war, at the end of each generation,has been the accumulation of claims VOL.
Till the late Florida treaty had liquidated our old accounts with Spain, the claim on that power was the most considerable.
But even since the ratification of that treaty, new claims have grown out of new acts or violence; and another account has been opened between us and that power, which does not learn moderation from misfortune, nor wisdom from experience.
The subject of these claims is one, as we conceive, of very considerable iml ortance to the national prosperity, and of great moment to the national character. We probably speak quite within bounds, when we estimate their fair amount at twenty millions of dollars.
This large sum is so much withheld from the national capital; so much lost to all those important pursuits, commercial, manufacturing, agricultural, in which, if it could be recovered, it would be invested.
It is true, if now paid, it would be paid almost exclusively to merchants and underwriters ; but it need not be said, that it would in- stantly be invested by them in some of the great branches of industry; and would be so much added to the productive capital of a country, which wants now nothing so much as capital.
It cannot, therefore, be regarded as a matter of little importance to the welfare of the nation, that an amount of capital, sufficient to erect twenty or thirty cotton factories of the very first order, is wholly lost to us by the injustice of foreign powers.
To our national honor the case is still more important. Most of the claims are of a nature, that have been allowed and paid to stronger claimants. Ours are withheld, not be- cause they are not just, but because the debtor powers think we shall not order reprisals, nor go to war to recover them.
When the Bourbons were restored, among the claims brought forward by Englishmen and allowed by France, there were claims for losses by Assignats, in the heat of the revolution, and when France was governed by the executioners of Louis the Sixteenth. America cannot get payment for the losses incurred by the sequestration of her vessels, whose cargoes Great Britain instantly announces, that she shall order reprisals, if indemnity he not promptly had ; and indemnity is stipulated.
America, suffering in the same way by the same acts, must not threaten reprisals ; for fear Spain will take us at our word, and turn loose all the adventurers of Europe, in the shape of privateers, on our commerce.
Marshal Davoust makes private plunder of the bank of Hamburgh, during the military occupation of that city, then a part of the French empire.
The free city of Hamburgh is a wise city; her senate have formally joined the Holy Alliance ; and the plundered treasures of the bank, which probably never travelled beyond the Prince of Eck- muhls private purse, must be refunded by Louis the Eight- eenth.
The king of Naples Murat invites our ships to his capital, confiscates them, retains the vessels in his public service ; and when our merchants ask indemnity, the present King of Naples, at the very moment when these vessels are still in his own possession, and bearing the flag of the two Sicilies.
Now it does appear to us, that if national honor means anything, it is concerned to resist such a contrast as this, between the man- ner in which our claims and the less urgent ones of other states are treated.
We have accordingly thought it our duty to call the attention of the public, in this way, to the subject, and we propose briefly to run over the list of our demands on the principal continental powers, against whom our just right to indemnity still remains to be effectually enforced.
InMurat was in possession of the throne of Naples. He held it by the same right, by which every reigning family in Europe, either in its Claims of the United States on [Oct. But he held it also xvith the acquiescence of the people, and the consent of foreign states.
He exchanged the usual diplomatic courtesies with every power but England; and England herself, by an order in council of the 26th of April,modifying the blockade system ofhad excepted the Neapolitan territories with other parts of Italy, from the operation of that system, that neutrals might no longer be prcvented from trading with them.
We would also add, that when, after the wane of Napoleons fortunes, Murat showed a willingness to desert his master, both Austria and Eugland entered into negotiations with him, as the lawful sovereign of Naples, and promised to recognise him by treaty as such.
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