Document, 1785 March 11

Title:
Document, 1785 March 11
Library Location:
National Archives and Records Administration
(Non-Columbia Location)
Name:
Jay, John, 1745-1829; Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848; Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1785 March 11
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
10
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Informing them of resolutions of Congress concerning their powers as ministers making treaties and trade agreements with foreign nations, especially concerning Morocco, Algiers, Tunis and Tripoli. Can use money borrowed in Holland or elsewhere in Europe for this purpose, not above $80,000. Sends letters of credential for use by people appointed to execute this business as well as information the Foreign Office has on this subject. Wishes speedy end to hostilities that expose citizens to danger of captivity and slavery; trade of those countries would benefit the United States commercially as well. As France interested, can use their help if deemed necessary, but be delicate in application. Encloses letter of Giacomo Francisco Crocco, who was sent to Spain by Morocco to discuss propositions made (with unwarrantable liberty) by Mr. Robert Montgomery to his majesty [Emperor of Morocco]. Might find it necessary to purchase influence at a court of such favoritism and corruption, but perhaps promise payment at conclusion of treaty rather than before. This letter sent in safe hands, Colonel Lamb of Connecticut, recommended by his governor as best person for this business. Encloses other letters relating to negotiations with Barbary States through DÆAudibert Caille.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.02403

Document, 1785 March 11