Boats You Can Build by The Editors of (compilers) Popular Mechanics Magazine

By The Editors of (compilers) Popular Mechanics Magazine

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July 11—The Marine Corps was established. Appropriations to the Army and Navy were made and American privateers were authorized to seize any armed French vessel. July 14 —Congress enacted a direct tax within the United States. July 16 —Congress authorized the President to build three frigates of not less than 32 guns each and appropriated $600,000 for the purpose and provided for the relief of sick and disabled seamen. August 1—Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson found the French fleet off Aboukir after searching for three months and destroyed it, essentially stranding Napoleon in Egypt.

Information about Talleyrand became public in which he was found to have demanded 1 million livres in gold from the Austrians to conclude a secret agreement with the Prussians and then he offered to reveal the secrets to the Prussians for another million. Spanish and Portuguese ministers paid him over a million livres for his services. March 19—President Adams communicated his doubts to Congress of a peaceful solution with respect to France and wrote, in part: The dispatches from the Envoys Extraordinary of the United States to the French Republic, which were mentioned in my Message to both Houses of Congress, of the fifth instant, have been examined and maturely considered.

September 30—William Vans Murray, Oliver Ellsworth, and William Davie concluded difficult negotiations with Talleyrand and Barbe Marbois and a treaty was signed but when the document was presented to Bonaparte for ratification he found a problem with Article II in that the claims of American citizens against France and those of France against the United States were left standing. He felt France had no obligation to compensate Americans owing to the numerous treaty and convention violations on the part of the American government and suggested that in exchange for Americans renouncing their claims against France, he would renounce public and private complaints against America.

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