Where did you read the book?
I will repeat what I said before. I did not read the copy of the one in at the Library of Congress. This copy is not the only one in existance. Quite the contrary. There are others available, albeit somewhat rare and often expensive.
The text in the 1787 English version is a translation from the 1777 edition of the Law Of Nations released by Charles Dumas (the original Dumas edition was in 1775). It is apparent Dumas influenced certain "clarifications" in de Vattel's work. The text is nearly the same in the British English edition released in 1793, then again in 1797.
Challenge all you want. However, the greatest challenge is witnessing the text with your own eyes. If you are within driving distance may I suggest a day-long trip to the Library of Congress and make the effort to read it first.
Unlike certain paperwork in this country, this historical work is available to everyone.
posted on 02/07/2011 6:42:30 PM PST
We are not challenging you..just asking for clarification..where did you read the book?
Why not take a few photos of this important discovery and post them.
How do you know the book you read is the same as the 1787 edition in Congressional library?
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