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. This project, which in the end had no material result, was set in motion by La Luzerne,
no doubt under direction from Paris. The original of JA
's commission, endorsed by him “Commission of 16. August 1781.—to negotiate a triple
or quadruple Alliance,” is in Adams Papers
, together with his instructions, endorsed “Instructions of Aug. 16. Holland.” For
the background and printed texts see JCC
, 21:846–848, 859, 876–880; Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 4:636–638. See also Elbridge Gerry's comment in his letter to AA
, 31 Aug.
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, 2014.