Papers of John Adams, Volume 11: January - September 1781

Papers of John Adams, Volume 11: January - September 1781

by John Adams
     
 

ISBN-10: 0674011368

ISBN-13: 9780674011366

Pub. Date: 06/30/2003

Publisher: Harvard

In mid-March 1781 John Adams received his commission and instructions as minister to the Netherlands and embarked on the boldest initiative of his diplomatic career. Disappointed by the lack of interest shown by Dutch investors in his efforts to raise a loan for the United States, Adams changed his tactics, and in a memorial made a forthright appeal to the States

Overview

In mid-March 1781 John Adams received his commission and instructions as minister to the Netherlands and embarked on the boldest initiative of his diplomatic career. Disappointed by the lack of interest shown by Dutch investors in his efforts to raise a loan for the United States, Adams changed his tactics, and in a memorial made a forthright appeal to the States General of the Netherlands for immediate recognition of the United States. Published in Dutch, English, and French, it offered all of Europe a radical vision of the ordinary citizen's role in determining political events. In this volume, for the first time, the circumstances and reasoning behind Adams's bold moves in the spring of 1781 are presented in full.

In July the French court summoned Adams, the only American in Europe empowered to negotiate an Anglo-American peace, to Paris for consultations regarding an offer made by Austria and Russia to mediate the Anglo-French war. In his correspondence with France's foreign minister, the Comte de Vergennes, Adams passionately insisted that the United States was fully and unambiguously independent and sovereign and must be recognized as such by Great Britain before any negotiations took place. This volume shows John Adams to be a determined and resourceful diplomat, unafraid to go beyond the bounds of traditional diplomacy to implement his vision of American foreign policy.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674011366
Publisher:
Harvard
Publication date:
06/30/2003
Series:
Adams Papers Series, #19
Pages:
568
Product dimensions:
6.50(w) x 9.62(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Descriptive List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. Public Diplomacy at the Hague

2. John Adams and His Letterbooks

3. Notes on Editorial Method

Acknowledgments

Guide to Editorial Apparatus

1. Textual Devices

2. Adams Family Code Names

3. Descriptive Symbols

4. Location Symbols

5. Other Abbreviations and Conventional Terms

6. Short Titles of Works Frequently Cited

Papers of John Adams, January-September 1781

Appendix: List of Omitted Documents

Index

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