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express intention of the contracting parties not to extend the benefit of the present convention to reclamations of American citizens, who shall have established houses of commerce in France, England, or other countries than the United States, in partnership with foreigners, and who by that reason and the nature of their commerce ought to be regarded as domiciliated in the places where such houses exist. All agreements and bargains concerning merchandize, which shall not be the property of American citizens, are equally excepted from the benefit of the said convention, saving, however, to such persons their claims in like manner as if this treaty had not been made.
And that the different questions which may arise under the preceding article may be fairly investigated, the Ministers Plenipotentiary of the United States shall name three persons, who t.-.'.tir,wor pu.Xi shall act from the present and provisionally, and who shall tZ£SL!Zi!El!* have full power to examine, without removing the docu-' ments, all the accounts of the different claims already liquidated by the bureaus established for this purpose by the French Republic, and to ascertain whether they belong to the classes designated by the present convention and the principles established in it; or if they are not in one of its exceptions and on their certificate, declaring that the debt is due to an American citizen or his representative, and that it existed before the 8th Vend^miaire, 9th year, (30th September, 1800,) the debtor shall be entitled to an order on the treasury of the United States, in the manner prescribed by the third article.
The same agents shall Ukewise have power, without removing the documents, to examine the claims which are prepared for T» ermine verification, and to certify those which ought to be admitted "J^L'S by uniting the necessary qualifications, and not being com- ou,l,lwb"ul'"iu«A prised in the exceptions contained in the present convention.
The same agents shall likewise examine the claims which are not prepared for liquidation, and certify in writing those which in To „,„,„«, „,„«, their judgment ought to be admitted to liquidation. ZZ^"'""""
In proportion as the debts mentioned in these articles shall be admitted, they shall be discharged with interest, at six per Debt, dilch„p:d cent., by the treasury of the United States. TsTM:'i»l
And that no debt which shall not not have the qualifications above mentioned, and that no unjust or exorbitant demand may be Comromi.| t admitted, the commercial agent of the United States at Paris, . j'J^TM^TM "?L or such other agent as the Minister Plenipotentiary of the £?il-'""on'"' United States shall think proper to nominate, shall assist at 1 the operations of the bureaus, and co-operate in the examination of the claims; and if this agent shall be of opinion that any debt is not completely proved, or if he shall judge that it is not comprised in the principles of the fifth article above mentioned, and if, notwithstanding his opinion, the bureaus established by the French Government should think that it ought to be liquidated, he shall transmit his observations to the board established by the United States, who, without removing documents, shall make a complete examination of the debt and vouchers which support it, and report the result to the Minister of the United States. The Minister of the United States shall transmit his observations, in all such cases, to the Minister of the Treasury of the French liepublic, on whose report the French Government shall decide definitively in every case. CREANCES k MQUIDEK BOOT LES RAPPORTS ONT &Tt SOUMIS A L'APPROBATION DU DIRECTEUR PARTICULIER.
The rejection of any claim shall have no other effect than to exempt fi the United States from the payment of it, the French GovtowiSTi;""TM ernment reserving to itself the right to decide definitively on such claim so tar as it concerns itself.
1 Article XI.
Every necessary decision shall be made in the course of a year, to i>-H.ioi» w i* commence from the exchange of ratifications, and no reclamation shall be admitted afterwards.
In case of claims for debts contracted by the Government of France ci.im» »hh with citizens of the United States since^the 8th Vend6miaire, JTMJ^rTM' ninth year, (30th September, 1800,) not being comprised in MidmnM tliis convention, may be pursued, and the payment demanded in the same manner as if it had not been made.
The present convention shall be ratified in good and due form, and „ . „,„„ *ne ratifications shall be exchanged in six months from the to.mJ.'itemTfi'I date of the signature of the Ministers Plenipotentiary, or sooner if possible.
In faith of which, the respective Ministers Plenipotentiary have signed the above articles both in the French and English languages, declaring, nevertheless, that the present treaty has been originally agreed on and written in the French language; to which they have hereunto affixed their seals.
Done at Paris, the tenth of Floreal, eleventh year of the French Republic, 30th April, 1803.
TABLEAU GÉNÉRAL DES RÉCLAMATIONS AMÉRICAINES.
Liquidation générale, de la dette publique, Anxe direction, Ire section.
.... 4 .... 24
Fourniture réglée par le ministre de l'intérieur.
Pour solde. Na. 11 avait été payé sur cette
M. Bo. 67r849 9 9 au L. Touru. 125,521 13.
Créance réglée par le oen. Rozier, vice-consul
a New York.
Amérique sur réglemt. du même Rozler.
du Cap en papier-monnaie.
L'autre moitié payée on l'an 4.
Une partie de cette fourniture a été payée en
vins et eaux de vie.
Payé en l'an 4. 40,726.
Pour autant dû :i sa maison particulière poul-
Cette liquidation est la dernière arrêtée, par la