. Tuesday was 9 July. Ridley went to The Hague on Sunday, 7 July, and returned to Amsterdam
the next day. Ridley and
had a long conversation over tea on the afternoon of the 7th, recorded in Ridley's
), during which he may have promised
that he would write upon his return to Amsterdam. At their meeting on the 7th,
indicated, based on what he had learned from Franklin's letter of 2 June
(above), that Grenville had received new powers to negotiate with the belligerent
powers but not specifically with the United States, and that Grenville had been informed
that those powers were insufficient.
was also critical of William Alexander's visit to London in the winter of 1781–1782,
during which Alexander stated that formal recognition of American independence was
not required as a preliminary to Anglo-American peace negotiations.
believed that Alexander, a bankrupt who was arrested during his visit, had been sent
by Franklin as his agent to sound out the British government regarding peace negotiations,
and that Alexander's statement regarding recognition reflected Franklin's position.
Ridley indicated that he was “realy amazed” at this, but
responded that it was true, for “Dr F had sent him Letters relating to it.” The letters
referred to were those between Franklin and David Hartley that Franklin enclosed
with his of 13 April to
(vol. 12:407–408, and references
there; see also, Morris, Peacemakers
, p. 303–304). It was also during his meeting with Ridley that
apparently first learned of John Jay's arrival at Paris, leading him to writeto Jay
on 8 July