Recipient: Gerry, Elbridge
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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.