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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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Minister to France

Minister to France

(p.222) Chapter 12 Minister to France
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter details Morris's return to Paris in 1790 and talks about his own private feelings about remaining in Paris, which were ambivalent, colored by his increasingly rocky relations with Adèle. Morris extended his interests in the sale of land in America. His own and others had continued while he was Washington's personal representative in London and on his return to France, well into 1791. Morris watched with foreboding the alarming path taken by the Revolution, a direction that largely confirmed his earlier predictions when he arrived in Paris. In little more than a year after leaving France, Morris saw that Napoleon's brilliant military campaigns were leading the country into the personal rule of one man, as he had predicted. A passage from a letter written in 1796 captures his political philosophy and the American experience, with implications that reach into the country's contemporary foreign policy.

Keywords:   Morris, Paris, France, American experience, foreign policy, military campaigns

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