Dined with Mr. Oswald. Dr. F., Mr. Jay, Mr. Oswald, Mr. Stretchy,1 Mr. Roberts2 and Mr. Whitford.3
1. Henry Strachey (whose name JA always had difficulty in spelling) was a British under-secretary of state who had
been sent to Paris to stiffen what was thought to be a too pliant attitude on the
part of Oswald; his instructions concerning the British right to Sagadahock (eastern
Maine), western lands (“as a means of providing for the Refugees”), restraints on
American fishing rights, and a provision for the payment of American debts to British
merchants, are embodied in a Cabinet Minute of 17 Oct. (Correspondence of King George the Third . . ., ed. Sir John Fortescue, London, 1927–1928, 6:143–144). There is a sketch of Strachey in DNB.
2. W. Roberts, according to JA's recollections, was “the oldest clerk in the board of trade and plantations, and
a very respectable character. He was sent over by the British cabinet with huge volumes
of ... original records ... in order to support their incontestible claim to the Province
of Maine” (letter published in the Boston Patriot, 23 Oct. 1811). It was Roberts whom JA astonished by producing still more impressive records of Massachusetts' claim to
Maine; see entry of 10 Nov., below, and note 1 there.
3. Caleb Whitefoord, Oswald's secretary; he signed the Preliminary Articles of 30 Nov. as a witness (DNB). Some scanty correspondence and papers of Whitefoord relating to the peace negotiations
are in W. A. S. Hewins, ed., The Whitefoord Papers . . ., Oxford, 1898.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2017.