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The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
Last post by bambam - Today at 04:13:20 PM
When truth and fairness are different from what is law, better it is to follow truth and fairness. Viking proverb
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Squatters
Last post by Todd Rahm - Today at 12:14:23 PM
Eh, just wait them out until cold weather.
The Tailgate / Today in history 9-27
Last post by remrogers - Today at 09:22:53 AM
Sept 27
John Adams appointed to negotiate peace terms with British

On September 27, 1779, the Continental Congress appoints John Adams to travel to France as minister plenipotentiary in charge of negotiating treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain during the Revolutionary War.

Adams had traveled to Paris in 1778 to negotiate an alliance with France, but had been unceremoniously dismissed when Congress chose Benjamin Franklin as sole commissioner. Soon after returning to Massachusetts in mid-1779, Adams was elected as a delegate to the state convention to draw up a new constitution; he was involved in these duties when he learned of his new diplomatic commission. Accompanied by his young sons John Quincy and Charles, Adams sailed for Europe that November aboard the French ship Sensible, which sprang a leak early in the voyage and missed its original destination (Brest), instead landing at El Ferrol, in northwestern Spain. After an arduous journey by mule train across the Pyrenees and into France, Adams and his group reached Paris in early February 1780.

While in Paris, Adams wrote to Congress almost daily (sometimes several letters a day) sharing news about British politics, British and French naval activities and his general perspective on European affairs. Conditions were unfavorable for peace at the time, as the war was going badly for the Continental Army, and the blunt and sometimes confrontational Adams clashed with the French government, especially the powerful Foreign Minister Charles Gravier, Comte de Vergennes. In mid-June, Adams began a correspondence with Vergennes in which he pushed for French naval assistance, antagonizing both Vergennes and Franklin, who brought the matter to the attention of Congress.

By that time, Adams had departed France for Holland, where he was attempting to negotiate a loan from the Dutch. Before the end of the year, he was named American minister to the Netherlands, replacing Henry Laurens, who was captured at sea by the British. In June 1781, capitulating to pressure from Vergennes and other French diplomats, Congress acted to revoke Adams' sole powers as peacemaker with Britain, appointing Franklin, Thomas Jefferson, John Jay and Laurens to negotiate alongside him.

The tide of the war was turning in America's favor, and Adams returned to Paris in October 1782 to take up his part in the peace negotiations. As Jefferson didn't travel to Europe and Laurens was in failing health after his release from the Tower of London, it was left to Adams, Jay and Franklin to represent American interests. Adams and Jay both distrusted the French government (in contrast with Franklin), but their differences of opinion and diplomatic styles allowed the team to negotiate favorable terms in the Peace of Paris (1783). The following year, Jefferson arrived to take Adams' place as American minister to France, forming a lifelong bond with Adams and his family before the latter left to take up his new post as American ambassador to London and continue his distinguished record of foreign service on behalf of the new nation.
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Squatters
Last post by FinsnFur - Today at 06:32:07 AM
Quote from: Hawks Feather on Yesterday at 06:19:47 AMHave you thought of starting a fire in the pile? 😉

I have actually lol. But I'd prefer to do it a few splits at a time over the winter instead of all at once in the yard   :laf:
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: The Big Guys Are Back
Last post by Hawks Feather - Yesterday at 09:45:26 PM
Love the pics. It still amazes me that an animal that size has legs that are as small as they are.
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / The Big Guys Are Back
Last post by MI VHNTR - Yesterday at 07:06:38 PM
It's that time of the year and the bull moose are back at camp.

Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Jim - sorry I missed you
Last post by MI VHNTR - Yesterday at 07:02:07 PM
Excellent pictures. Thanks for sharing.
The Tailgate / Re: Tip of the day
Last post by bambam - Yesterday at 06:17:00 PM
"I sought the LORD, and he heard me, And delivered me from all my fears. They looked unto him, and were lightened: And their faces were not ashamed."
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34‬:‭4‬-‭5‬ ‭KJV‬‬
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Jim - sorry I missed you
Last post by Todd Rahm - Yesterday at 01:53:49 PM
Awesome pictures Jerry!!!!!
Non Hunting/Fishing Photos / Re: Jim - sorry I missed you
Last post by Okanagan - Yesterday at 11:26:57 AM
Wow!  Those make a GREAT collection of photos.  Love the views Keep them coming.