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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Elbridge Gerry re: frustrations and doubts on British commercial treaty

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02293 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Westminster Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1785/07/06 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written as U.S. Minister to Great Britain after formally presenting his credentials to George III. Enclosing letters (not included) "sent to Mr. Jay in Cypher." America had been flooded with British imports after the Revolution, but Congress was not permitted to enact protective tariffs. Instead, various states enacted tariffs.

People: Adams, John, 1735-1826.
Gerry, Eldbridge

Historical Era: The New Nation, 1783-1815

Keywords/Subjects: President Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Immigration and Migration, Treaty, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Codes and Signals, Taxes or Taxation

Sub Era: Creating a New Government