. The document was the “Declarations for Suspension of Arms and Cessation of Hostilities”
between the United States and Great Britain (Miller, ed., Treaties
, 2:108–110), which JA
signed first, as his commission to negotiate peace preceded that of Franklin. Letterbook
copies of this document are in the Adams Papers
. The Americans signed the “Declarations” on 20 Jan., immediately after the signing
of preliminary articles of peace between Great Britain, France, and Spain. See Morris, Peacemakers
, p. 408–409, and 541, note 92.
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, 2017.