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Papers of John Adams, Volume 12: October 1781 - April 1782 by John Adams

The American victory at Yorktown in October 1781 and the fall of Lord North’s ministry in March 1782 opened the possibility that John Adams might soon be involved in negotiations to end the war for American independence. To prepare for the occasion, Adams and Benjamin Franklin discussed in their letters the fundamentals for peace. Adams made it clear to the British government that there would be no negotiations without British recognition of the United States as independent and sovereign.

This volume chronicles Adams’s efforts, against great odds, to achieve formal recognition of the new United States. The documents include his vigorous response to criticism of his seemingly unorthodox methods by those who would have preferred that he pursue a different course, including Congress’s newly appointed secretary for foreign affairs, Robert R. Livingston.

In April 1782 the Netherlands recognized the United States and admitted John Adams as its minister. For Adams it was “the most Signal Epocha, in the History of a Century,” and he would forever see it as the foremost achievement of his diplomatic career. The volume ends with Adams, at long last a full-fledged member of the diplomatic corps, describing his reception by the States General and his audiences with the Prince and Princess of Orange.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780674012813
Publisher: Harvard
Publication date: 04/28/2004
Series: Adams Papers Series , #20
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 576
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 9.75(h) x 1.50(d)

About the Author

Gregg L. Lint is Series Editor of the Papers of John Adams at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

C. James Taylor is former Editor in Chief of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Margaret A. Hogan is an independent scholar and former editor of the Adams Papers at the Massachusetts Historical Society.

Table of Contents

Descriptive List of Illustrations

Introduction

1. Minister to the Netherlands

2. John Adams and His Letterbooks

3. Notes on Editorial Method

Acknowledgments

Guide to Editorial Apparatus

4. Textual Devices

5. Adams Family Code Names

6. Descriptive Symbols

7. Location Symbols

8. Other Abbreviations and Conventional Terms

9. Short Titles of Works Frequently Cited

Papers of John Adams, October 1781 - April 1782

Appendix: List of Omitted Documents

Index

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Mr. Butterfield brought to the immense project the high scholarly and literary standards that have distinguished it to this day, as publication of the Papers continues in one splendid volume after another.

David McCullough

Mr. Butterfield brought to the immense project the high scholarly and literary standards that have distinguished it to this day, as publication of the Papers continues in one splendid volume after another.
David McCullough, author of John Adams

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