The Diplomacy of the Revolution: An Historical Study

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Page 110 - For this purpose you are to make the most candid and confidential communications upon all subjects to the ministers of our generous ally the King of France, to undertake nothing in the negotiations for peace or truce without their knowledge and concurrence and ultimately to govern yourselves by their advice and Opinion...
Page 42 - ... usually attending it, yet he should not expect any compensation from us on that account, nor pretend that he acted wholly for our sakes; since, besides his real good-will to us and our cause, it was manifestly the interest of France that the power of England should be diminished by our separation from it.
Page 142 - In place there is license to do good and evil, whereof the latter is a curse ; for in evil, the best condition is not to will, the second not to can. 1 But power to do good is the true and lawful end of aspiring. For good thoughts, though God accept them, yet towards men are little better than good dreams, except they be put in act; and that cannot be without power and place, as the vantage and commanding ground.
Page 110 - If a difficulty should arise in the course of the negotiation for peace, from the backwardness of Britain to make a formal acknowledgment of our independence, you are at liberty to agree to a truce, or to make such other concessions as may not affect the substance of what we contend for; and provided that Great Britain be not left in possession of any part of the thirteen United States.1 SAMUEL HUNTINGTON, President.
Page 28 - If you can look into the seeds of time, And say, which grain will grow, and which will not, Speak then to me, who neither beg, nor fear, Your favours, nor your hate.
Page 41 - King, that, after long and full consideration of our affairs and propositions in Council, it was decided, and His Majesty was determined, to acknowledge our independence, and make a Treaty with us of amity and commerce ; that in this Treaty no advantage would be taken of our present situation to obtain terms from us which otherwise would not be convenient for us to agree to ; His Majesty desiring that the Treaty, once made, should be durable, and our amity subsist forever, which could not be expected...
Page 118 - This is really a generous nation, fond of glory, and particularly that of protecting the oppressed. Trade is not the admiration of the noblesse, who always govern here. Telling them their commerce will be advantaged by our success, and that it is their interest to help us, seems as much as to say, help us, and we shall not be obliged to you.
Page 98 - Neither of the two parties shall conclude either truce or peace with Great Britain without the formal consent of the other first obtained; and they mutually engage not to lay down their arms until the independence of the United States shall have been formally or tacitly assured by the treaty or treaties that shall terminate the war.
Page 132 - ... perfectly consistent, not only with justice and equity, but with that spirit of conciliation which, on the return of the blessings of peace, should universally prevail.
Page 136 - ... signing the treaty without communicating it to the Court of Versailles till after the signature, and in concealing the Separate Article from it even when signed. I have examined with the most minute attention all the reasons assigned in your several letters to justify these suspicions. I confess they do not appear to strike me so forcibly as they have done you; and it gives me pain, that the character for candor and fidelity to its engagements, which should always characterise a great people,...

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