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This foot note contained in document ADMS-04-05-02-0132
1. This resolution was Congress' response to a committee report on JA 's letter of 5 February. In that letter JA subtly protested Congress' July 1781 revocation of his commis• { 238 } sion to negotiate a commercial treaty with Britain while making the case for America's need for such a treaty. The new commission for the three diplomats, however, was never issued, the necessary instructions were never drafted, and Congress did not again consider its foreign assignments until October, and did not complete those assignments until May 1784. JA to AA , 29 Jan., note 1, above; JA, Diary and Autobiography , 3:142–143, note 2.