probably received Warren's letter on 8 April 1783 as part of a packet of “Lettres
Américaines” that C. W. F. Dumas received at The Hague by way of London and immediately
forwarded to JA
at Paris under cover of a letter dated 3 April
, below. Then it is likely that this letter, with Warren's criticism of Congress’
conduct of foreign affairs and mention of his election as a Massachusetts member of
Congress, provoked JA
's most sustained, comprehensive, and critical analysis of American foreign policy.
The critique centered on Congress’ incompetence, French influence, and the machinations
of Benjamin Franklin, for which see JA's letter to Warren of 9 April 1783
, and note 2, below.
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, 2018.