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    [Marie-Joseph Paul Yves Roch Gilbert du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette] A Resolution and Act of the Third Congress of the U.S. One page printed, 8" x 13.25", Philadelphia, March 26 and 27, 1794. The resolution called for "an Embargo [to] be laid on all ships and vessels in the ports of the United States . . . bound to any foreign port or place, for the term of thirty days." The intention of this resolution was to retaliate against England for capturing near 250 American ships that had been trading in the French West Indies.

    The act gave "Major General La Fayette his Pay and Emoluments while in the Service of the United States." The sum came to $24,424, which "was the amount of the pay and emoluments of a major general during the time he was in the service of the United States". Marie-Joseph du Motier, Marquis de Lafayette was a French military officer who served under General Washington. He was wounded in battle and later tried to negotiate the French into an increased commitment to the American cause. He was the first individual to be granted honorary U. S. citizenship.

    This resolution and act were passed by the Third Congress during the first session, which met at Congress Hall in Philadelphia from March 4, 1793, through March 3, 1795, while George Washington was president. Each is separately approved by President Washington and signed in type by Washington, Speaker of the House Frederick Muhlenberg, and Vice-President John Adams. This broadside is toned with three pin holes in left margin. "13.2 Resol." has been lightly handwritten in pencil at the top. Fine.


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