The Critical Period of American History, 1783-1789

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CONTENTS
CHAPTER I
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Fall of Lord North's ministry1
Sympathy between British Whigs and the revolutionary party in America1
It weakened the Whig party in England2
Character of Lord Shelburne4
Political instability of the Rockingham ministry6, 7
Obstacles in the way of a treaty of peace8
Oswald talks with Franklin9-11
Grenville has an interview with Vergennes12
Effects of Rodney's victory14
Misunderstanding between Fox and Shelburne14
Fall of the Rockingham ministry15
Shelburne becomes prime minister16
Defeat of the Spaniards and French at Gibraltar17
French policy opposed to American interests17
The valley of the Mississippi; Aranda's prophecy18
The Newfoundland fisheries20
Jay detects the schemes of Vergennes21
And sends Dr. Vaughan to visit Shelburne21
John Adams arrives in Paris and joins with Jay in insisting upon a separate negotiation with England21-23
The separate American treaty, as agreed upon:
1. Boundaries24
2. Fisheries; commercial intercourse25
3. Private debts26
4. Compensation of loyalists27-31
Secret article relating to the Yazoo boundary31
Vergennes does not like the way in which it has been done32
On the part of the Americans it was a great diplomatic victory32
Which the commissioners won by disregarding the instructions of Congress and acting on their own responsibility34

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