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Arthur Lee (search for this): chapter 13
The Dutch were still brave, provident, and capable of acts of magnanimity; but they were betrayed by their selfish executive and the consequent want of unity of action. In April, 1778, the American commissioners at April 28 Paris,—Franklin, Arthur Lee, and John Adams,—in a letter to the grand pensionary, van Bleiswijck, proposed a good understanding and commerce between the two nations, and promised to communicate to the states-general their commercial treaty with France. The Dutch governme of the United States of America should be recognised by the English. Declaration of van Berckel, 23 Sept., 1778, in Dip. Cor., i. 457. To get rid of everything of which England could Sept. complain, the offer made in April by Franklin, Arthur Lee, and John Adams, to negotiate a treaty of commerce between America and the Netherlands, together with a copy of the commercial treaty between the United States and France, was, near the end of October, communicated to the states-general. They
confiscated. When the Dutch republic took its place among the powers of the earth, crowned with the honors of martyrdom in the fight against superstition, this daughter of the sea, whose carrying trade exceeded that of any other nation, became the champion of the more humane maritime code, which protected the neutral flag everywhere on the great deep. In the year 1646, these principles were embodied in a commercial treaty between the republic and France. When Cromwell was protector, when Milton was Latin secretary, the rights of neutrals found their just place in the treaties of England, in 1654 with Portugal, in 1655 with France, in 1656 Chap. XII.} with Sweden. After the return of the Stuarts, they were recognised in 1674 in their fullest extent by the commercial convention between England and the Netherlands. In 1689, after the stadholder of the United Provinces had been elected king of England, his overpowering influence drew the Netherlands into an acquiescence in a decl
f Flamborough Head, descried the British merchant fleet from the Baltic under the convoy of the Serapis of forty-four guns, and the Countess of Scarborough of twenty guns. An hour after sunset, on the twenty-third of September, the Serapis, having a vast superiority in Sept. 23. strength, engaged the Poor Richard. With marvellous hardihood Paul Jones, after suffering exceedingly in a contesers and muskets from the round-tops, but combustible matters were thrown into every part of the Serapis, which was on fire no less than ten or twelve times. There were moments when both ships were o together. After a two hours conflict in the first watch of the night, Chap. XII.} 1779. the Serapis struck its flag. Jones raised his pendant on the captured frigate, and the next day had but tied and captured the Countess of Scarborough. The Alliance, which from a distance had raked the Serapis during the action, not without injuring the Poor Richard as well, had not a man injured. On th
Paul Jones (search for this): chapter 13
els had entered the port of Amsterdam, a new cause of irritation arose. Near the end of July, Paul Jones, a Scot by birth in the service of the United States, sailed from l'orient as commander of a s vast superiority in Sept. 23. strength, engaged the Poor Richard. With marvellous hardihood Paul Jones, after suffering exceedingly in a contest of an hour and a half within musket shot, bore down ose anchor he hooked to his own quarter. The muzzles of their guns touched each other's sides. Jones could use only three nine-pounders and muskets from the round-tops, but combustible matters werehours conflict in the first watch of the night, Chap. XII.} 1779. the Serapis struck its flag. Jones raised his pendant on the captured frigate, and the next day had but time to transfer to it his tions, reclaimed the captured British ships and their crews, who had been taken by the pirate, Paul Jones, of Scotland, a rebel and a traitor. They, he insisted, are to be treated as pirates whose le
n talents and address, he would, with a better education, have held a high position in any country. By descent and character, he was the truest representative of Russian nationality. Leaving the two chief maritime powers of western Europe, both of whom wished to preserve the Ottoman empire in its integrity, to wear out each otherto his domestic society or his confidence. Those who knew him best agree that he was too proud to take money from a foreign power, and he never deviated from his Russian policy; so that the enormous bribes which were designed to gain him were squandered on his chief mistress and his intimates. At the same time he was aware how mue at Petersburg forwarded the memorial by a courier to his government, when letters from the Russian consul at Cadiz announced that the St. Nicholas, bearing the Russian flag and bound with corn to Malaga, had Chap. XII.} 1780. been brought into Cadiz, its cargo disposed of to the best bidder, and its crew treated with inhumanity
influenced by motives of morality or fidelity to the land in whose army he served, and he was always at the beck of the British ambassador at the Hague. The secretary Fagel was, like his ancestors, devoted to England. The grand pensionary, van Bleiswijck, had been the selection of Prince Louis. He was a weak politician, and inclined to England, but never meant to betray his country. Thus all the principal executive officers were attached to Great Britain; Prince Louis and the secretary Fagel as obsequious vassals. France had a controlling influence in no one of the provinces; but in the city of Amsterdam, van Berckel, its pensionary, was her friends England did not disguise her aggressive intentions, the city of Amsterdam and van Berckel sought to strengthen the Dutch navy, but were thwarted by Prince Louis, Fagel, and the stadholder. The English party favored an increase of the army; and, to the great discontent of the stadholder, they were defeated by the deputies of Amst
r commanded by the Count de Bylandt. In the English Channel, on the morning of the thirtieth, they 30. descried a British fleet, by which they were surrounded just before sunset. The Dutch admiral, refusing to permit his convoy to be visited, Fielding, the British commander, replied that it would then be done by force. During the parley night came on; and twelve of the seventeen ships, taking advantage of the darkness and a fair wind, escaped through the British lines to French ports. The Edering that the British force was more than three times greater than his own, after returning the broadside, struck his flag. Account of the Rencontre, le Sieur de Schonberg, lieutenant of marines on board the flagship by of Count de Bylandt. Fielding carried the five merchant ships as prizes into Portsmouth. This outrage on the Netherlands tended to rouse Chap. XII.} 1779. and unite all parties and all provinces. Everywhere in Europe, and especially in Petersburg, it was the subject of
ervened. Russia had acted precipitately without intending to offend France and without proper concert with the courts of Stockholm and Copenhagen. Frederic to Goltz, 17 and 24 April, 1779. Through the explanations of the Chap. XII.} 1779 king of Prussia, every displeasure was removed from the mind of Vergennes, and his answerlightest delay on an article where the honor of her flag is so greatly interested. In truth, it is necessary not to palter in a moment so pressing. Frederic to Goltz, 14 March, 1780. Vergennes read the letter of Frederic, and by a courier despatched a copy of it to the French ambassador at Madrid, with the instruction: I sy require. Frederic received the news of the declaration in advance of others, and with all speed used his influence in its behalf at Versailles; Frederic to Goltz, 23 March, 1780. so that, for the maritime code, which came upon Great Britain as a surprise, a welcome was prepared in France and Madrid. The empress made hast
antages to Great Britain in its contest with its colonies, and never would guarantee its American dominions. Harris to Suffolk, 13 Feb., 1778. Not printed in Malmes bury Papers. After the avowal by France of its treaties with the colonies, the British minister at Petersburg asked an audience of the empress; his request was refused, and all his complaints of the court of Versailles drew from her only civil words and lukewarm expressions of friendship. But when in the summer, the General Mifflin, an American privateer, hovered off the North Cape, and took seven or more British vessels bound for Archangel, Panin informed Harris ministerially, that although the vessels which were taken were foreign, yet it was the Russian trade which was molested; that so long as the British treated the Americans as rebels, the court of Petersburg would look upon them as a people not yet entitled to recognition. For the next year the empress proposed the equipment of a line of cruisers to ply be
and used to say, my neighbor and I. Garier to Vergennes, 26 July, 1776. In the American war the Dutch he proposal was put aside by the grand pensionary, Vergennes asked no more than that the Netherlands in the comf its colonies in America. Besides, the Dutch, as Vergennes observed, will find in their own history an apolog they severally demanded of England explanations. Vergennes seized the opportunity to fix the attention of Count Panin. Vergennes to Corberon, 22 Nov., 1778, and 6 Dec., 1778. The empress, so he wrote towards the end oia, every displeasure was removed from the mind of Vergennes, and his answer to the Russian note drew from Couno engagement with England whatever. Corberon to Vergennes, 28 May, 1779. The oppressed maritime powers cressing. Frederic to Goltz, 14 March, 1780. Vergennes read the letter of Frederic, and by a courier desphe system of neutrality which she has embraced. Vergennes to Montmorin, 27 March, 1780. The letter of Freder
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