Papers belonging to the heirs of American naval officer Thomas Truxton dealing with his French spoliation case.
Thomas Truxtun (1755-1822) was an American naval officer who distinguished himself during the Revolutionary War and the Quasi
War with France. In 1795, he was involved in a failed shipping contract with the French envoy, which resulted in substantial
losses to Truxtun. After the U.S. government assumed responsibility for such losses (known as French Spoliation Claims) by
a Congressional Act of 1885, Truxtun's heirs revived the case through the U.S. Court of Claims.
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