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Desire for Moderation and Peace, Etc.

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CollectionMassachusetts Historical Society: Washburn Autograph Collection view image
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Date October 20, 1798
Author Name James McHenry (primary) Location: Trenton
Recipient Name Timothy Pickering (primary)
Summary Although it seems that the French are expressing a desire for moderation and peace, McHenry argues that it is too early to relax America's efforts to bolster its fleets and armies. One might expect that increased prospects of peace would diminish the election prospects of anti-federal characters but it should be remembered that local concerns have the greatest impact on voters' choices.
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Related Persons/Groups Timothy Pickering,Secretary of State; James McHenry, Secretary of War; Tallyrand; [Elbridge] Gerry; Congress; our merchants; [Jonathan] Swift; industrious laborers in the political vineyards; antifederal characters; ;
Related Places Trenton; France; ;
Keywords Tallyrand's defense; the American mind; reluctance they express to war; removal of the embargo; addresses to the President [Adams]; fleets and armies; show of peace and moderation; faction; preparations for defense; act repealed interdicting commerce between the two countries; state of public opinion; session of Congress; acts that apply to France; our marine; honorable terms; a greater majority of federal characters; elections; want of power; security; the Union; ;
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