[dateline] Paris Jany. 22d. 1783.
Upon a sudden notification from the Comte de Vergennes, Mr.
Franklin and myself, in the Absence of Mr.
Jay and Mr.
Laurens, went to Versailles, and arrived at the Comte's Office at 10. o
Clock on Monday, the twentieth of this Month1
At eleven arrived the Comte d’Aranda & Mr.
Fitzherbert. The Ministers of the three Crowns signed & sealed the Preliminaries
of Peace, and an Armistice, in presence of Mr.
Franklin and myself, who also signed and sealed a Declaration of an Armistice, between
the Crown of Great Britain and the United States of America, and recieved a Counter-Declaration
Copies of these Declarations are inclosed.—3
The King of Great Britain has made a Declaration concerning the Terms that he will
allow to the Dutch, but they are not such as will give Satisfaction to that unfortunate
Nation, for whom, on Account of their Friendship for Us, and the important Benefits
We have recieved from it, I feel very sensibly and sincerely.—4
Yesterday we went to Versailles again to make our Court to the King and Royal Family,
and recieved the Compliments of the foreign Ministers.
The Comte d’Aranda invited me to dine with him on Sunday next, and said he hoped,
that the Affair of Spain and the United States would be soon adjusted à l’amiable—
I answered, that I wished it with all my Heart.— The two Floridas and Minorca are
more than a quantum meruit5
for what this Power has done, and the Dutch unfortunately are to suffer for it.
It is not in my power to say, when the definitive Treaty will be signed.— I hope not
before the Dutch are ready.— In six Weeks or two Months at farthest, I suppose.
It is no longer necessary for Congress to appoint another Person in my Place in the
Commission for Peace, because it will be executed before this reaches America— But
I beg Leave to renew my Resignation of the Credence to the States General and the
Commission for borrowing Money in Holland, and to request that no Time may be lost
in transmitting the Acceptance of this Resignation, and another Person to take that
Station, that I may be able to go home in the Spring Ships.6
I have the honor to be, with great / Respect, / Sir, / your most obedient & / most