Mr. White's speech in the Senate of United States


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Mr. White's speech in the Senate of United States

Author: White, Samuel, 1770-1809

Place of Publication: [Washington D.C.?]

Publication Date: [1806]
Physical Description: 27, [1] p. ; 23 cm.

Samuel White makes a claim in the Senate that the United States has a right to continue its commerce with Haiti regardless of the protests of France. He appeals to the humanitarian principles of Americans and asserts that America is at peace with the people of St. Domingo. For those who would argue that Dominican pirates and freebooters would harm American maritime, he replies, "those people are now content to stay at home, to till their own fields, to fight their own battles, and to depend upon us for supplies." The advantages of American commerce to them and their dependence on America for the necessities of life form the strongest security that no act of hostility would attempted on their part toward America. The problem is more that the British wish to deprive Americans of their most basic neutral rights, while the "French and Spanish are anxiously rivaling each other in the most lawless and piratical depredations upon our defenceless trade." Arguing on behalf of the general commerce and prosperity of the United States, White nonetheless advocates aiding the people of Haiti. As a beneficiary of American friendship, the peoples of the island would be an ally of the United States against the depredations of European countries.

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