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DONE at Paris, this sixth day of February, one thousand seven hundred and seventy-eight,
(L. S.) C. A. GERARD.
(L. S.) B. FRANKLIN.
(L. S.) SILAS DEANE.
(L. S.) ARTHUR LEE.
AMITY And COMMERCE
HIGH MIGHTINESSES THE STATES-GENERAL
O F T H E
A N D T H E
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA; (to Wit)
NEW HAMPSHIRE, MASSACHUSETTS, RHODE ISLAND AND PROVIDENCE PLANTATIONS, CONNECTICUT, NEW YORK, NEW JERSEY, PENNSYLVANIA, DELAWARE, MARYLAND, VIRGINIA, NORTH CAROLINA, SOUTH CAROLINA, AND GEORGIA.
THEIR High Mightinesses the States-General of the United Netherlands, and the United, States of America, to wit, New Hampshire, Massa^ chusetts, Rhode Island and Providence Plantations, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, desiring to ascertain, in a permanent and equitable manner, the rules to be observed relative to the commerce and correspondence which they intend to establish between their respective States, countries and inhabitants, have judged, that the said end cannot be better obtained, than by establishing the most perfect equality and reciprocity for the basis of their agreement, and by avoiding all those burthensome preferences, which
are are usually the sources of debate, embarrassment and discontent; by leaving also each party at liberty to make, respecting commerce and navigation, such ulterior regulations, as it shall find most convenient to itselt; and by founding the advantages of commerce solely upon reciprocal utility, and the just rules of free intercourse; reserving withal to each party, the liberty of admitting, at its pleasure, other nations to a participation of the fame advantages.
On these principles, their said High Mightinesses the States General of the United Nether- . lands have named for their plenipotentiaries, from the midst of their assembly, Messieurs their Deputies for the foreign affairs; and the said United States of America, on their part, have furnished with full powers, Mu John Adams, late Commissioner of the United States of America at the court of Versailles, heretofore Delegate in Congress from the State of Massachusetts-Bay, and Chief Justice of the said State, who have agreed and concluded as follows: to wit,