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1. JA overstates his own role in bringing the British to make this concession. Although Jay offered Oswald compromise language before JA arrived from Holland, and without first consulting Franklin, he did later discuss the new language with Franklin, whose fear was that the American negotiators, by proceeding without the knowledge of France, were violating their instructions. Franklin felt that insistence upon a change in the wording of Oswald's commission (that implicitly, if not in legal form, would recognize American in• { 30 } dependence) was not significant enough to delay peace. Jay's success, however, removed Franklin's doubts (see JA to AA , 12 Oct., note 3; JA to AA , 16 Oct., both above).