Printed at the Tontine Coffee House

An Abstract of the Evidence Lately Taken in the House of Commons, against the Orders in Council, being a Summary of the Facts There Proved, respecting the Present State of the Commerce and Manufactures of the Country.

New York: Re-printed and published by Wm. Elliot at the Tontine Coffee House, 1812.

First American edition. 1 vols. 8vo. Printed at the Tontine Coffee House. Stitched in a Gaylord binder. Previous stitchmarks evident, affecting a few letters, some browning and spotting, ownership signature on title. Kress B5950; Shaw and Shoemaker 25559. Item #16894

Testimonies showing how the non-trading policies of America had affected the British nation and economy. The "Remarks" at the back point out that Madison's non-trading policies had in fact been successful as was evident by these abstracts. On taking office Madison had repealed Jefferson's embargo and installed his own policy that there would be “non-intercourse” with England or France until they repealed their own non-trading policies. In 1809 Macon's Bill No. 2 was passed. This restored trading with England and France but promised that if either would recognize America's neutral stand then America would stop trade with the other. As of 2 November 1810 Napoleon had announced that he'd revolked his “antineutral system and [it was determined] that non-intercourse would be revived against against Britain, if in three months' time she did not repeal her orders in council.”(Morison "Oxford History" p. 378) France did in fact not stop it's “antineutral” practices but Madison felt that he had given the country's pledge and on 2 March 1811 intercourse with Britain was banned under the Macon Act. England suffered under this as Napoleon had cut off many of their other markets and the winter of 1811 to 1812 was the bitterest “between the Great Plague and 1940/1.” 16 June 1812 Castlereagh recinded the Orders in Council, two days later, not having heard of this decision, Congress declared war.

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