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Browsing: Adams Family Correspondence, Volume 5


This foot note contained in document ADMS-04-05-02-0047
4. That is, an attack mounted indirectly ( OED ). In addition to revoking JA 's commis• { 90 } sion to secure a commercial treaty with Great Britain, and appointing four additional peace commissioners to serve with him in July 1781, Congress had issued new instructions for a peace treaty. This directive obligated the commission to follow the diplomatic lead of France, which had no interest in expanded western boundaries for the United States and was ready to exclude Americans from fishing rights on the Grand Banks. The change in instructions was lobbied through Congress by La Luzerne, who, acting on orders from Vergennes, used influence and money to build a pro-French faction in that body ( JCC , 20:746–747; Morris, Peacemakers , p. 210–216).