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BARTON, WILLIAM A Dissertation on the Freedom of Navigation and Maritime Commerce...
Barton, William [1754-1817]. A Dissertation on the Freedom of Navigation and Maritime Commerce, and Such Rights of States, Relative Thereto, As Are Founded On the Law of Nations: Adapted More Particularly to the United States; and Interspersed with Moral and Political Reflections, and Historical Facts. With An Appendix, Containing Sundry State Papers. Philadelphia: John Conrad and Company, 1802. 339, xlv,  pp. Octavo (8" x 5"). Contemporary calf, gilt device (of the Society of Writers to the Signet) to center of each board, rebacked retaining original spine with raised bands and lettering piece, hinges mended. Bookplate to front pastedown, early annotation to front free endpaper. Some offsetting to margins of endleaves and preliminaries, occasional light foxing, interior otherwise fresh. $1,150. * Only edition. Barton admired Thomas Jefferson and dedicated this book to him. Jefferson was pleased by this honor: "Accept my best wishes for the success of your work and assurances of my high esteem and respect" (Sowerby). One of the earliest works of its kind, Barton presents an American interpretation of maritime law affecting freedom of navigation and the rights of neutral merchant vessels during times of war. Barton uses a broad overview of international law and treaties of the Washington and Adams administrations to criticize English interference with American shipping and the impressment of sailors. This volume offers a contemporary interpretation of the actions that would lead to the Non-Intercourse and Embargo Acts (1807, 1809) and, in the following administration, the War of 1812. Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 7447.
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