progress of the French Alliance
, including opinions of the Ministers
, read in the Cabinet Council to the King
Many volumes illustrate the direct intercourse between France and the United States
But besides these, I had full opportunity to examine the subject in its complication with the relations of France to England
, and other Powers; and this I did so thoroughly, that when I took my leave, Mr. Dumont
assured me, that I had seen every thing, that nothing, not the smallest memorandum, had been withheld from me.
Besides this, I acquired papers from the Ministry of the Marine
, and from that of War. The Duke de Broglie
gave me a most pleasing journal of his father when in America; Mr. Augustin Thierry
favored me with exact and interesting anecdotes, derived from Lafayette
; and my friend Count Circourt
was never weary of furthering my inquiries.
My friend Mr. J. Romeyn Brodhead
, was so kind as to make for me selections of papers in Holland, and I take leave to acknowledge, that Mr. J. A. de Zwaan
of the Royal
Archives at the Hague
, was most zealous and unremitting in his efforts to render the researches undertaken for me, effective and complete.
I have obtained so much of Spanish Correspondence, as to have become accurately acquainted with the maxims by which the Court of Spain governed its conduct towards our part of America.
Accounts of the differences between America and England are to be sought not only in the sources already referred to, but specially in the correspondence of the Colony Agents
resident in London, with their respective Constituents.
I pursued the search for papers of this class, till I succeeded in securing letters official or private