[FRENCH REVOLUTIONARY WARS]
Commercial Gazette, Extra. Monday Morning, Nov. 16, 1801 ... Very Important News. Signing of the Preliminaries of Peace ...
[Boston]: Russell and Cutler, [November 1801]. Letterpress broadside, text in three columns. (18 x 11 inches).
News reaches America of peace between Napoleon and the British.
Three lines of text below the dateline read: "The subsequent important and highly interesting News, was exclusively received at the Chronicle Office, yesterday, in a sealed packet, and by the Printers of that paper kept locked until this morning. We embrace the earliest moment to present it to our respectable readers." After giving the particulars of the preliminary agreement between Lord Hawsbury and Louis-Guillaume Otto, which would shortly thereafter lead to the Treaty of Amiens and the end of the War of the Second Coalition, the American editors note: "the Preliminaries of a Peace, between the two countries, are without doubt, signed; but innumerable difficulties, long delays and insurmountable barriers will probably arise to prevent final ratification. It will indeed be a phenomenon in the political world if these difficulties should not appear." Although the final treaty would be ratified, the editor's comment would prove prescient, with the peace between France and Great Britain proving only temporary, lasting but a single year before the renewal of hostilities.