Document, 1780 May 13

Title:
Document, 1780 May 13
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:
1780 May 13
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
3
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
26 April letter received, glad of safe arrival in Madrid. Floridablanca agreed to be a man of abilities, but such men cannot see what is to us, as Americans, "as clear as day." It is better for Spain and France to have their fleet in America, than in Europe, but the ministers of state cannot see this "until the proper point of Time is past and it is too late." Likewise it is to their advantage to loan American money, or grant subsidies as this would advance the "Common Cause, and even their particular Interests, by enabling the Americans to make greater Exertions" but they don't see it this way. The idea is not within "the Company of those Ideas" that the minister is used to.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.05407

Document, 1780 May 13