Jay's Treaty: A Study in Commerce and Diplomacy

Jay's Treaty: A Study in Commerce and Diplomacy

Jay's Treaty: A Study in Commerce and Diplomacy

Jay's Treaty: A Study in Commerce and Diplomacy

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No less a historian than the late Henry Adams wrote in his Life of Gallatin: "Of all portions of our national history, none is more often or more carefully discussed than Jay's Treaty." A glance at the description of this treaty in the general historical works and biographies of the period reveals Mr. Adams' comment applying most aptly to the great constitutional, diplomatic and political questions connected with the issue of ratification of the treaty. The justification of this study is that the important and comparatively ill-known negotiations between the United States and Great Britain in the years between the Treaty of Peace and the ratification of Jay's Treaty, and their relation to the international history of Europe as well as to the development of American nationality, as a whole have escaped historical research.

This essay would have been impossible without the aid, advice and encouragement of many persons and institutions. It is difficult indeed fully to enumerate all these sources of help which I hereby take occasion gratefully to acknowledge. Among those to whom I owe particular assistance and gratitude are: the faculty of history of Harvard University, under whose training I was introduced to the professional study of history; particularly Professors Frederic Jackson Turner, Samuel Eliot Morison (now of Oxford University), George Grafton Wilson, and Edward Channing, the last of whom directed my attention to the subject of this study and has constantly guided me with his astonishing erudition and kindliness; Dr. Worthington C. Ford of the Massachusetts Historical Society; Dr. J. Franklin Jameson of the Division of Historical Research of the Carnegie Institution; Mr. Hubert Hall of the British Record Office; Dr. A. G. Doughty and Dr. D. W. Parker of the Canada Archives at Ottawa; Mr. H. P. Biggar . . .

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