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Morris, Gouverneur (1752-1816) to John Jay

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC03257 Author/Creator: Morris, Gouverneur (1752-1816) Place Written: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 17 June 1781 Pagination: 3 p. : docket ; 24 x 20 cm.

Summary of Content: Writes to Jay, then Minister to Spain, about Jays appointment as one of five commissioners to negotiate peace during the American Revolution (which eventually resulted in the Treaty of Paris). Gives advice on how to deal with Spain, asking him to reiterate their commitment to winning the war and to "Hint a private Treaty to comprehend the Cession of the Floridas and even of Jamaica as an Ultimatum of Peace." Praises the appointment of Thomas McKean as President of Congress. The letter was continued on 10 July and 17 July 1781. Signed twice.

Background Information: Signer of the U.S. Constitution.

People: Morris, Gouverneur, 1752-1816
Jay, John, 1745-1829

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Subjects: Continental CongressCongressRevolutionary WarAmerican StatesmenDiplomacyTreatyPeaceGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyGlobal History and US Foreign PolicyCaribbeanLand TransactionGovernment and Civics

Sub Era: The War for Independence

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