Recipient: Gerry, Elbridge
Passy, 9 July 1778. printed
: JA, Diary and Autobiography
. Adams discussed Great Britain's shortsighted and self-defeating policy in refusing
a just treaty and, as an example of Britain's self-deception and misunderstanding
of America, pointed to a peace proposal, rejected out of hand, that sought to bribe
American leaders by offering them peerages.