Recipient: Heath, William
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Passy, 10 July 1778. printed
: JA, Diary and Autobiography
. Adams reported the arrival on 8 July of the ratified Franco-American treaties, which
were seen as fresh evidence of the increasing isolation of Great Britain and of the
unlikelihood of the formation of a coalition of powers against America. He predicted
that even Spain would soon join Britain's open enemies and declared that the British
government had but one wise choice—to make a treaty with the United States on the
order of France's with America. Adams believed, however, that Britain would remain
blind to the need for a new policy and would decline to a second-rate power.