A "Celebrated Cause" Involving an American Privateer [Trial]. General Armstrong (Privateer), In Re. Reid, Samuel C[hester] [1818-1897], Editor. The Case of the Private Armed Brig of War Gen. Armstrong. Containing Letters and Documents Referring to the History of the Claim: Brief of Facts, and Authorities Cited: Arguments of Charles O'Conor, Esq., Hon. P. Phillips, and Sam C. Reid, Jr.; and Brief of the U.S. Solicitor Before the United States Court of Claims... With the Decision of the Court, And an Appendix. New York: Banks, Gould & Co., 1857. xxiii, -240 pp. Octavo (9" x 6"). Nineteenth-century library cloth, red and black calf lettering pieces and paper shelf label to spine, endleaves added. Light soiling, moedrate rubbing to spine, front and rear free endpapers lacking. Light toning to text, library stamps to title page, library markings to its verso. $95. * First edition. "In 1814 the American privateer, General Armstrong, was destroyed by British warships in a neutral Portuguese port. The United States made claims against Portugal through diplomatic channels over the years, but since the General Armstrong had opened the firing on the British ships, Portugal was unable to get satisfaction from Britain. In 1850, Secretary of State Webster agreed to submit the case to arbitration. The arbitrator, Louis Napoleon, decided against the United States, and Armstrong's owners finally sued in the Court of Claims. That court held that the United States must compensate the owners and officers.": Cohen, Bibliography of Early American Law 11190.
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