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Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), Murray, William Vans 1762-1803 (search)
Murray, William Vans 1762-1803 Diplomatist; born in Cambridge, Md., in 1762; received a classical education; and after the peace in 1783 studied law in the Temple, London; returned about 1785, practised law, served in his State legislature, and was in Congress from 1791 to 1797. He was an eloquent speaker and a keen diplomatist; was appointed by Washington minister to the Batavian Republic, and by Adams sole envoy extraordinary to the French Republic. Ellsworth and Davie afterwards joined him. He was instrumental in the arrangement of the convention signed in Paris in September, 1800, between America and France, and then returned to his mission at The Hague. He died in Cambridge, Dec. 11, 1803.
Harper's Encyclopedia of United States History (ed. Benson Lossing), United States of America. (search)
ern Reserve......May 13, 1800 First session (last meeting in Philadelphia) adjourns......May 14, 1800 President Adams removes Timothy Pickering, Secretary of State, and James McHenry, Secretary of War......May, 1800 United States government removes from Philadelphia to the new capital, Washington......July, 1800 Frigate George Washington, Capt. William Bainbridge, carries to Algiers the Dey's tribute-money, and is required to carry the Dey's ambassador to Constantinople......September, 1800 Envoys to France negotiate a convention for eight years, preventing open war......Sept. 30, 1800 [Ratified by France, July 31, 1801, and by the United States, Dec. 19, 1801. Under this treaty the claims for indemnity, known as the French Spoliation claims, have been the subject of frequent reports and discussions in Congress, with no result until referred to the court of claims by the act of Jan. 20, 1885.] Spanish government cedes Louisiana to France by the secret treaty of