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Consul General of France to Tobias Lear re: gives Lear credit for liberating slaves from Tripoli

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02794.146 Author/Creator: Consul General of France Place Written: French Garden Type: Letter Date: 1808/07/10 Pagination: 1 p. + address 20 x 9.6 cm

Summary of Content: "The consul general of France . . . is extremely thankful for [Lear's] delicate proceedings, but by no means pretends to contend with him [inserted: for] the pleasure of benefiting the unfortunate slaves who applied to him for their liberation . . . . who obtained yesterday their liberty." Docketed on address leaf.

Full Transcript: The consul general of France has just received the friendly note of the consul general of America. He is extremely thankful for his delicate proceeding, but by no means pretends ...to contend with him [inserted: for] the pleasure of benefiting the unfortunate slaves who applied to him for their liberation. The consul general of France is persuaded that the Bey will accept of the same conditions which have been offered to him for the negotiations who obtained yesterday their liberty.
The consul general of France prays the consul general of the United States & his Lady to accept of the assurances of his highest consideration & respect.


French Garden
July 10th. 1808.
at 3. o' clock in the
afternoon.

[address]
Colonel Lear, Esqr:
Consul general & Charged affairs of
the United States of America
near the Bey & Regency of Algiers
A his Garden.

[docket]
From
The Consul Genl. of France
10 July 1808
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Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Subjects: FranceDiplomacyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGovernment and CivicsAfricaBarbary CoastBarbary PiratesBarbary WarsSlaveryPrisonerPirates

Sub Era: The Age of Jefferson & Madison

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