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Papers of John Adams, Volume 15 : June 1783 - January 1784, Hardback Book


On September 3, 1783, John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and John Jay signed the definitive Anglo-American peace treaty.

Adams and his colleagues strived to establish a viable relationship between the new nation and its largest trading partner but were stymied by rising British anti-Americanism.

Adams' diplomatic efforts were also complicated by domestic turmoil.

Americans, in a rehearsal for the later Federalist-Antifederalist conflict over the United States Constitution, were debating the proper relationship between the central government and the states.

Adams, a Federalist as early as 1783, argued persuasively for a government that honored its treaties and paid its foreign debts.

But when bills far exceeding the funds available for their redemption were sent to Europe, he was forced to undertake a dangerous winter journey to the Netherlands to raise a new loan and save the United States from financial disaster. None of the founding fathers equals the candor of John Adams' observations of his eighteenth-century world.

His letters, always interesting, reveal with absolute clarity Adams' positions on the personalities and issues of his times.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 592 pages, 8 halftones
  • Publisher: Harvard University Press
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Humamities
  • ISBN: 9780674051232



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