Document, 1784 December 15

Title:
Document, 1784 December 15
Library Location:
National Archives and Records Administration
(Non-Columbia Location)
Name:
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1784 December 15
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
0 pages
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Moroccan frigates have attacked American vessels and seized one vessel from Virginia. Insurance on American ships is rising as a result of the dangers in the Mediterranean. Something should be soon done. Some are of opinion that trade in Mediterranean not worth the expense of treaty presents; others think it humiliating to treat with such people; others, it would be manly to fight them. But trade in Mediterranean is valuable and if no treaty is made, insurance on ships will continue to rise; any resistance to the pirates would be an unequal fight. The only solution is to make a treaty, but where is the money to come from? French creditors are calling for interest and principal on loans; Dutch creditors will soon call for repayment. If Congress will borrow from Holland, they must lay "Duties" at home to raise the interest due on Dutch debts.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.11829

Document, 1784 December 15