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Detailed Response to Several Inquiries from Adams Regarding Relations with France

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
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Date April 29, 1797
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: War Office
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Renders suggestions to the president, answering questions posed in a letter from Adams to McHenry on April 14, 1797. Subjects addressed include: when affronts from one state to another become intolerable (the possibility of war with France being particularly addressed in detail); asking France if it wishes for any special consideration which Britain currently receives from the U.S. that France does not, so that they may be satisfied; advice against canceling any of the provisions of treaties now existing with France, to avoid the appearance of favoring Britain; the inadvisability of proposing new treaty articles [may be specific ones proposed by Adams in his letter; unclear from context]; advice that protestations against France should be mild and calm; the advisability of proposing a new treaty, etc.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
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Related Persons/Groups John Adams; James McHenry; Secretary of War; President United States; ;
Related Places War Office; France; Britain; ;
Keywords treaty; foreign relations; Quasi War; Jay's Treaty; relations with France; relations with Britain; ;
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