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The American Commissioners to Van Berckel, 29 October 1778: résumé

The American Commissioners to Van Berckel5

AL (draft):6 National Archives

<Passy, October 29, 1778: Some of your propositions7 can only be discussed in a personal interview. We wish you or someone authorized by you might meet one of us at Aix-la-Chapelle or any other place you may judge more convenient. We also leave to you the selection of fictitious names to be used when meeting.>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII.

6In Arthur Lee’s hand. The editors of the Adams Papers speculate that this letter was never sent; we find their reasoning persuasive.

7Above, Sept. 23.

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