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On the Safety of Philadelphia for Congress, and Why France Will Continue to Plunder American Shipping While Her War With England Lasts

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: John Adams Papers view image
Document Information
Date October 24, 1797
Author Name Oliver Wolcott, Jr. (primary) Location: Grays Gardens
Recipient Name John Adams (primary)
Summary Wolcott advises the president on the safety of Philadelphia as a place for Congress to convene, given its recent outbreak of sickness; Wolcott assures him that it is now safe. Opines on U.S.-French relations, and on whether Adams' new envoys to France will be received. Says he believes no treaty will be accorded by the French until they have peace with England, since 1) it is in the interests of France to plunder U.S. shipping as long as they can get away with it because of the ongoing war, and 2) France will continue in her present course because she can have no exact idea of U.S.-British relations while the war lasts.
Document Format Autograph Letter Signed
Document Notes Enclosed in Pinckney to Adams, 10/22/1797.
Content Notes [not available]
Related Persons/Groups John Adams; Oliver Wolcott; French; ;
Related Places Grays Gardens; Philadelphia; Congress; ;
Keywords shipping; ;
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