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Gouverneur MorrisAn Independent Life$
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William Howard Adams

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780300099805

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: October 2013

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300099805.001.0001

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A Presidential Mission

A Presidential Mission

(p.209) Chapter 11 A Presidential Mission
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter argues that in spite of what some of his critics were saying back home, Gouverneur Morris was not an Anglophile, giving his personal negotiating posture an edge that his experienced diplomatic adversaries respected. With things going their way in the confrontation with Spain, Pitt and his minister never bothered to make further contact with Morris. Washington, Adams, and Jefferson were all surprised by the turn of events after reading Morris's detailed reports. Jefferson expressed his entire approbation. Far from being rudely antagonistic in his dealings with Whitehall, Morris had, as he learned from Jefferson in December, managed to smoke out the true intentions of the British cabinet later that the threat of war with Spain had dissipated.

Keywords:   Morris, diplomatic adversaries, reports, president, British, Spain

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