. Marbois to Vergennes, No. 225, Philadelphia, 13 March 1782, in which Marbois reported
that Samuel Adams, who “delights in trouble,” was the leader of an anti-French party
opposed to any peace which excluded New Englanders from the Newfoundland and other
North Atlantic fisheries. The writer went on to give suggestions how such “enthusiasts”
could be quieted by a statement from the King of France disapproving their stand.
See the text in Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 5:238–241. This dispatch was intercepted by the British and a copy placed in Jay's
hands with the intent of splitting the Franco-American alliance. For its effect on
Jay, see his letter to Livingston transmitting a copy, 18 Sept. 1782 (same
, p. 740). In Congress it led to a reconsideration of the instructions of 15 June
1781, though the effort to revise them did not succeed; see Madison's Notes of Debates,
24, 30 Dec. 1782, 1 Jan. 1783 (JCC
, 23:870–874; 25:845). When imparted to JA
(enclosed in a letter from Jay of 1 Sept.
, Adams Papers
), it confirmed his worst suspicions of French policy; see entries of 20 Nov. 1782
and 2 May 1783
, below. Several copies of the offending dispatch, in English translation, are among
his papers, and in old age he devoted to it a whole series of his communications to
the Boston Patriot
, 14–24 Aug. 1811 (partly printed in Works