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THE

DIPLOMATIC CORRESPONDENCE

OF THE

AMERICAN REVOLUTION;

BEING

THE LETTERS OF BENJAMIN FRANKLIN, SILAS DEANE, JOHN
ADAMS, JOHN JAY, ARTHUR LEE, WILLIAM LEE, RALPH
IZARD, FRANCIS DANA, WILLIAM CARMICHAEL, HENRY
LAURENS, JOHN LAURENS, M. DE LAFAYETTE, M,
DUMAS, AND OTHERS, CONCERNING THE FOREIGN
RELATIONS OF THE UNITED STATES DURING

THE WHOLE REVOLUTION;

TOGETHER WITH

THE LETTERS IN REPLY FROM THE SECRET COMMITTEE OF

CONGRESS, AND THE SECRETARY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.

ALSO,
THE ENTIRE CORRESPONDENCE OF THE FRENCH MINISTERS,

GERARD AND LUZERNE, WITH CONGRESS.

Published under the Direction of the President of the United States, from
the original Manuscripts in the Department of State, conformably

to a Resolution of Congress, of March 27th, 1818

EDITED

BY JARED SPARKS.

VOL. V.

BOSTON:

NATHAN HALE AND GRAY & *BOWEN
G. & C. & H. CARVILL, NEW YORK ; P. THOMPSON, WASHINGTON.

1829.

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To the President of Congress. Paris, April 26th,

1780,

Debate in the House of Lords on the declaration of

Russia ; Lord Camden expresses his astonishment at

the doctrine of free ships and free goods; Lord

Shelburne's remarks on the critical state of Eng.

land.- Anti-English policy of Russia,

To the President of Congress. Paris, April 28th,

1780,

Declaration of the English Council, placing the sub-

jects of the United Provinces on the footing of neu-

tral powers, not privileged by treaties.- Address of

the States of Groningen to the States-General, re-

commending the protection of commerce by .con-

voys.--Second Address of the States of the same

Province, proposing answers to the Memorials of

Sir J. Yorke.--The Province of Holland recom-

mends the acceptance of the invitation of Russia

to accede to the armed neutrality.

To the President of Congress. Paris, April 29th,

1780,

English naval expeditions.

To the President of Congress. Paris, April 29th,

1780,

Mutiny in the English fleet.--County meetings adopt

resolutions censuring the war.

To the President of Congress. Paris, May 2d,

1780,

Meniorial of the French Ambassador to the States-

General, announcing the abolition of the duty of

fifteen per cent on Dutch merchandise entering

France.-Decree of the French Council on the saine

subject.—The Seven Provinces have resolved to re-

fuse the succors demanded by Great Britain; to

grant convoys; and to accept the invitation of Rus-

sia.-Instructions of the States of Holland and West

Friesland to their deputies in the States-General on

the attack of the Dutch convoy by the English.

To the President of Congress. Paris, May 3d,

1780,

General exchange of prisoners agreed on between

France and England.

From Elbridge Gerry to John Adams. Philadel-

phia, May 5th, 1780,

Favorable effects of the resolutions of Congress for

cancelling the two hundred millions of dollårs pre-

viously emitted on the currency.--New emission of

five millions.-Financial concerns of the confed-

eracy

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