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IMPORTANT.

SPRINGFIELD, APRIL 2, 1808.

Extract of a letter from the Honorable WILLIAM ELY, Esq. to his friend in this town, received by the Southern Mail of this morning.

WASHINGTON, MARCH 27, 1808.

CONGRESS have already been five days occupied in reading the various correspon- dencies between our Government and Great Britain, which began in 1804, and continue down to this time, sent us in a message last Tuesday morning. We shall also be employed probably two days longer on it. We have also a VERY SMALL PORTION OF THE CORRESPONDENCE WITH FRANCE, which the President would have us understand to be in full, BUT WHICH DOES NOT LOOK LIKE THE WHOLE--IT LOOK VERY MUCH GARBLED. The correspondence with Britain is undoubtedly full, and in my mind, it goes to shew that the Treaty OUGHT NOT to have been sent back, and that our Government have had no disposition to adjust difficulties with that nation.

I am Sir, your’s, &c.

WILLIAM ELY.

War With England.

In addition to the above, we hasten to communicate the following highly interesting information, just received by a Letter from STEPHEN HIGGINSON, Jun. Esq. a Gentleman of great respectability and information in Boston, the original of which is now in our hands for the inspection of all.----The Palladium of yesterday confirms the account given by Mr. Higginson.

BOSTON MARCH 29, 1808.

MY DEAR SIR,
LETTERS are received this evening from MR. QUINCY---he says THE EMBARGO IS NOT AVOWED TO BE DIRECTED SOLELY
AGAINST ENGLAND, AND WILL BE KEPT ON ‘TILL FALL, AND THEN A WAR---So the President has told a member of Congress---and they intend to enforce the Embargo by a law against the COASTING TRADE. This is really important.

Yours, &c.

STEPHEN HIGGINSON, Jun.

P.S. Letters just received from Leghorn, via. Bourdeaux, state that, after taxing American property, as you have before seen, the French have now seized ALL this property.---Mr. THORNDIKE alone will loose TWO HUNDRED THOUSAND DOLLARS.


April 2, 1808.---THOMAS M. POMROY, Printer, Northampton.

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The two letters, dated March 1808, decry the consequences of an embargo against Britain and France, put into effect in 1807 by President Thomas Jefferson. Imported goods from Europe would no longer be available to Americans with the result that domestic production began to increase. One letter is written by Washington, D.C., resident William Ely and the other by Bostonian Stephen Higginson, Jun. Extracts of the two letters were published by Thomas M. Pomroy, a printer in Northampton, Massachusetts.

 

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Published letters concerning the Embargo of 1808

printer   Thomas M. Pomroy
author   Stephen Higginson I (1770-1834)
author   William Ely (1743-1825)
date   Apr 2, 1808
location   Northampton, Massachusetts
height   10.5"
width   8.75"
process/materials   printed paper, ink
item type   Public Announcements/Broadside
accession #   #L00.021


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