Document, 1781 November 28

Title:
Document, 1781 November 28
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Name:
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1781 November 28
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
4
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Congress appointed Franklin, Laurens, Jay and Jefferson as commissioners of peace. Heavy load taken off his mind; maintenance of silence would have been too much to bear. CornwallisÆ capture masterly. When France and Spain consider success as long as they maintain naval superiority in the West Indies and on the coast of North America, it is to be hoped they will never depart from that policy. Many in Holland think this (CornwallisÆ capture) will bring peace, doesn't agree but notes ædistractionsÆ in British cabinet with the faction of Lord George Germain and BedfordÆs party determined to move for peace. Hopes Minorca and Gibraltar will surrender soon. With Spain and France threatening their possessions in East and West Indies, English should admit they've gone too far, but fears will be obstinate. [In Holland], the word peace is the charm. Many congratulations, even from unexpected quarters. Probable proposal of triple alliance between France, Holland and America; if Spain would join, so much the better. General GreeneÆs last action was in South Carolina; both that state and Georgia have re-established governments; a victory just as good as capture of Cornwallis.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.05412

Document, 1781 November 28