Report of the select Committee to whom was referred the Message of the President of the United States, in relation to the representatives of the late [Pierre Augustin] Caron de Beaumarchais.

[Washington]: 16 February 1824.

Report 64 of the Eighteenth Congress. 123, [1] pp. 1 vols. 8vo. Later wrappers, some fraying and chipping of edges, light browning but a good copy of this interesting case. Item #17474

The report includes a history of the circumstances surrounding the claims of the heir of Beaumarchais for the one million livres that the United States had deducted from Beaumarchais' account during the war. During the Revolution Beaumarchais has acted as secret agent for France and also agent between America and France for a gift of monies being given by the King. The question arising was whether the million livres was part of the three million livres promised by the King of France to the United States or whether it was Beaumarchais' for services rendered. The decision was to give the money to Beaumarchais' heirs. This discussion had been in the U. S. Congress since the claims were brought up in 1805.

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