Document, 1783 July 18

Title:
Document, 1783 July 18
Library Location:
National Archives and Records Administration
(Non-Columbia Location)
Name:
Adams, John Quincy, 1767-1848; Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790; Jay, John, 1745-1829; Livingston, Robert R.
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1783 July 18
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:
Happy to learn of ratification of provisional articles of peace. The Separate and secret article arose from a desire on part of Britain to assert her dominion on the Mississippi as far as possible, her intention being to retain the Floridas. While the American commissioners recognized the importance of the Mississippi and navigation of that river, they were loath to exhibit this interest lest the British desire more territory. The article was kept secret to avoid a break in Anglo-Spanish negotiations, and to preclude the embarrassment which would have presented itself to Vergennes had he known of the article. Many of the inaccurate expressions in the provisional treaty arise from Britain's desire to avoid an open exclusion of the rights of the Tories. Nevertheless there was official agreement that only the rights of British subjects, residing in Britain, were comprehended. They are sorry if their actions have in any way endangered the relations of the United States with France. However, well intentioned men can differ in regard to these matters, and they hope that their on the spot knowledge made possible the best action for the good of the nation.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.09939

Document, 1783 July 18