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Table Annexed to Article: Speeches and Essays Concerning The Neutrality Proclamations Debates
2 Our Constitutional Logic 186 (2014)
  • Peter J. Aschenbrenner, Purdue University
Abstract
In 1793 Alexander Hamilton and James Madison crafted sixteen essays, public and private letters addressing Washington’s Neutrality Proclamation of April 22, 1793. The pertinent text of the proclamation reads: ‘Whereas it appears that a state of war exists between Austria, Prussia, Sardinia, Great Britain, and the United Netherlands of the one part and France on the other, and the duty and interest of the United States require that they should with sincerity and good faith adopt and pursue a conduct friendly and impartial toward the belligerent powers: I have therefore thought fit by these presents to declare the disposition of the United States to observe the conduct aforesaid toward those powers respectively, and to exhort and warn the citizens of the United States carefully to avoid all acts and proceedings whatsoever which may in any manner tend to contravene such disposition.” The President’s proclamation, announced after he consulted his cabinet inspired a debate over its constitutionality. The most significant texts are presented in this article.
Keywords
  • Neutrality Proclamation,
  • War of the First Coalition
Publication Date
April, 2014
Citation Information
Peter J. Aschenbrenner. "Table Annexed to Article: Speeches and Essays Concerning The Neutrality Proclamations Debates" 2 Our Constitutional Logic 186 (2014)
Available at: http://works.bepress.com/peter_aschenbrenner/229/