Rush Bagot Agreement Of 1817
I consulted with the Prime Minister and Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs and the Department of Defence about your informal letter of June 9, 1939, which conveyed the comments of the U.S. Minister of Foreign Affairs on certain questions posed by the UsNavy Department regarding the rush bagot agreement of 1817. The origins of the Rush Bagot Treaty can be attributed to correspondence between US Secretary of State Richard Rush and British Minister in Washington Sir Charles Bagot, which was exchanged and signed on 27 and 28 April 1817. After the terms of Rush and Bagot`s notes were agreed, the Rush Bagot agreement was informally recognized by both countries. On April 16, 1818, it was introduced to the U.S. Senate and formally ratified on April 16, 1818. The treaty eventually resulted in the Washington Treaty in 1871, which concluded disarmament. In 1946, the United States and Canada agreed, through an exchange of diplomatic notes, that the deployment of naval ships for training purposes was authorized, provided that each government was informed in advance.  After carefully weighing the issue, Mr. Hull tends to think that a change to the Rush Bagot agreement would be undesirable at this stage. A review of the documents relating to the negotiation of the agreement and its advanced history shows that the negotiators` objective was to find a solution to an immediate and urgent problem resulting from the War of 1812, and the terms of the agreement itself support the idea that it was not anticipated on its continuity. As a result, its maritime provisions have not been relevant for a long time, but despite many vicissitudes, the agreement itself has survived un changing for more than 1000 years and has acquired over time a symbolic significance in the eyes of our own citizens and Canadians.
It is true that shortly after the Second World War, the amendment of the agreement was studied in that country and in Canada in order to further adapt its provisions to modern conditions, and even a phase was reached in which governments exchanged draft amendments.
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