. Copied here from the original Instructions (Adams Papers
), signed by Huntington and enclosed in his letter to
of 20 Oct.
; endorsed: “Instructions to me. 16 Octr. 1779. Peace.” These instructions had been
adopted by Congress on 14 Aug. (
, 14:956–960), after intermittent debate on foreign affairs and especially on the
minimum peace terms acceptable to America, since the preceding February. Because of
irreconcilable divisions in Congress over who should represent America in the peace
mission and the closely related mission to Spain, the elections did not take place
until six weeks had elapsed, and there was a further delay of nearly a month before
's Instructions were copied and sent to him.