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Adams, John (1735-1826) to Elbridge Gerry re: neutrality, French alliance, and his anti-British feelings

Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC02292 Author/Creator: Adams, John (1735-1826) Place Written: Amsterdam, Netherlands Type: Autograph letter signed Date: 1781/06/16 Pagination: 1

Summary of Content: Written as U.S. Minister to the Netherlands. The first part recommends the bearer, Mr. Le Roy, desirous of commercial connections in America. Adams deprecates the idea of armed neutrality and concludes: "you must not entertain the most distant Idea of Peace while there is one British Soldier alive and at Liberty in America."

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

Historical Era: American Revolution, 1763-1783

Keywords/Subjects: Revolutionary War, President Neutrality, France, Diplomacy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Global History and US Foreign Policy, Commerce, Merchants and Trade, Letter of Introduction or Recommendation, Military History

Sub Era: The War for Independence