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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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The Long Journey Home

The Long Journey Home

(p.253) Chapter 13 The Long Journey Home
Gouverneur Morris

William Howard Adams

Yale University Press

This chapter explains that Morris remained in Paris long enough for James Monroe to present his credentials to the National Convention and to prepare for his own departure. At the age of forty-two years, the prospect of restless wanderings expressed Morris's renewed personal sense of liberation after being exhausted with both the beauty and horror of Paris. Morris had a good vantage point for closely following the international problems of the Washington administration, and he was very sensitive to the president's domestic headaches with the threat of being dragged into the running war between Britain and France. As Morris explained to William Short, Lafayette's claim to American citizenship was no help given the circumstance as he was a Frenchman fighting in the French army against the allied forces.

Keywords:   Morris, Paris, National Convention, Washington administration, France, Britain, Frenchman

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