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same time the American minister at the court of France was instructed to concert with that powder a mutual guarantee of their rights in the fisheries as enjoyed before the war. The plan for a treaty with Spain lingered a month Chap. IX.} 1779. Sept. 17. longer. On the seventeenth of September, congress offered to guarantee to his Catholic majesty the Floridas, if they should fall into his power, provided always that the United States shall enjoy the free navigation of the Mississippi, into anseventeenth of September, congress offered to guarantee to his Catholic majesty the Floridas, if they should fall into his power, provided always that the United States shall enjoy the free navigation of the Mississippi, into and from the sea. Secret Journals, II. 249. The great financial distress of the states was also to be made known to his Catholic majesty, in the hope of a subsidy or a guarantee of a loan to the amount of five millions of dollars. Ibid., II. 263. On the twenty-sixth of September, congress pro- 26. ceeded to ballot for a minister to negotiate peace; John Adams being nominated by Laurens, of South Carolina, while Smith, of Virginia, proposed Jay, who was the candidate favored by the Frenc
sts which ought to bring them nearer together. We have each lost consideration in our furious desire to do each other harm. Let us change principles that are so erroneous. Let us reunite, and we shall stop all revolutions in Europe. By revolutions he meant the division of Poland, the encroachments on Turkey, and the attempt of the court of Vienna to bring Italy under its control by seizing the fine harbors of Dalmatia. There is another object, continued Shelburne, Chap. XXIX.} 1782. Sept. 17. which makes a part of my political views; and that is the destruction of monopoly in commerce. I regard that monopoly as odious, though the English nation, more than any other, is tainted with it. I flatter myself I shall be able to come to an understanding with your court upon this subject, as well as upon our political amalgamation. I have spoken to the king on all these points. I have reason to believe that when we shall have made peace the most frank cordiality will be established b