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53 John Jay 1745-1829
Diary kept during the peace negotiations
Manuscript, 10 p., Paris, June 23-December 1782
Jay served along with Benjamin Franklin and John Adams as one of the American Commissioners in the negotiations with Great Britain that resulted in the Treaty of Paris, signed September 3, 1783, ending the American Revolution. While serving on the commission, Jay recorded in this brief diary events relating to the negotiations which he deemed significant. In his entry for December 22, 1782, Jay describes the revelations of Richard Oswald, the British negotiator, concerning prior secret talks between British and French representatives aimed at carving up the American colonies into British and French dependencies with the possibility of establishing a token independent state. The British party to these clandestine meetings was Lord Mount Stuart, a close friend of King George III; when the King was apprised of the scheme, he vehemently refused to deal with the treacherous French who were aiding his rebellious colonies.
Gift of the Class of 1923 in memory of Gérard Tonachel

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