Excerpt from The Treaty of Amity, Commerce, and Navigation Between Great Britain and the United States, 1794
In regard to sources, this essay has been unusually for tunate in having a large field of original material. The greatest contributors to this field have been the American State Papers, Foreign Relations, containing all the original documents relative to the negotiations, and the Annals of Congress, containing all the speeches which embody the views of this as well as foreign countries. Besides these, there is a great amount of indispensible material which is minor only in the quantity, not quality, which it contrib utes. In this class are noted the diaries, letters, speeches, and writings of contemporary statesmen who rank among the greatest which this or any other country has had the fortune to possess. George Washington, Alexander Hamil ton, and James Madison might head this list. Upon such primary sources is the evidence in this essay based. All interests contained herein have been taken from first-hand materials and the great amount of secondary works ap pended have been used only in cross reference and most general considerations. There has been much subsequent periodical literature which is of such slight importance as hardly to merit attention. However, one exception must be made to the general condemnation of periodicals, and that is in favor of the contemporary newspapers published at Philadelphia, The American Daily Advertiser and the Aurora.
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