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Discussion of Commissioners' Powers to Settle Damage Claims Arising from Jay Treaty Negotiations

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CollectionColumbia University Libraries: John Jay Papers view image
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Document Information
Date October 14, 1795
Author Name John Jay (primary) Location: New York
Recipient Name Timothy Pickering (primary)
Summary Letter, discusses the powers and aims of commissioners in deciding claims for losses or damages relative to the Treaty of Peace [apparently referring to the Treaty of Paris which ended the Revolutionary War; these commissioners are probably those for the Jay Treaty, which resolved issues left over from the prior treaty]. Illegal seizures of American ships are mentioned; the main issue appears to be settling claims made by those who claim their ships and property were damaged in the course of such events.
Document Format Letterbook Copy
Document Notes Multiple copies of the document exist; these listed under separate collections below.
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Related Persons/Groups Timothy Pickering; John Jay; Mr. Lewis; Mr. Rawle; Col Hamilton. Secretary of War; Secretary of State; ;
Related Places New York; ;
Keywords letter; opinion on points stated in it; talents; candor; gentlemen; cognizance; powers; commissioners; 6th and 7th articles of the treaty; greater latitude consistent with reason & common sense; claims; merits; several cases; justice; equity; law of nations; language of the treaty; losses; damages; irregular or illegal captures or condemnations of American vessels or other property; colour of authority; commissions from his britannic Majesty; adequate compensation; course of justice; duty of the commissioners; ascertain and award the amount of the losses & damages sustained by those claimants; legislative or judicial acts; country; British creditors; Treaty of Peace; american citizens; pleasure; subject; formal opinion; utility; expediency; people; liberty; permission.;
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