Document, 1781 August 7

Title:
Document, 1781 August 7
Library Location:
Rare Book & Manuscript Library, Columbia University
Browse Location’s Digital Content
Name:
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848; Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1781 August 7
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
7
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Copy in the hand of William Temple Franklin; filed in Jay Papers. Adams has received the commissions. He has done nothing to accomplish his previous commission, except for the journey he made to Paris at Vergennes' invitation to see certain articles proposed by the mediating courts. Adams wrote to Vergennes on July 13, and he enclosed an answer to these articles. Franklin can get copies from Vergennes. Thinks that the new commission will be as useless as the old one. Britain will not think of peace until every British soldier in America is dead. The British ambassador in Russia received an answer from his court to the articles. The content can be conjectured from the King's speech. Includes a translation of the Empress's note to Holland concerning the proposed mediation. Desires Franklin to send him anything he learns of negotiations. If Britain persists in her two preliminaries, what will be the outcome? "Will the two Imperial Courts permit this grand plan of a Congress at Vienna, which is public and made the common talk of Europe, to become another sublime bubble, like the armed neutrality?" The Dutch have found the only method negotiating with the British -- fighting them. "If I ever did any good since I was born, it was in stirring up the pure minds of the Dutchmen and setting the old Batavian spirit in motion, after having stopped so long . . . . My talent, if I have one, lies in making war."
Identifier:
columbia.jay.05411

Document, 1781 August 7