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James Monroe
The Letter of Transit For the Instructions to the American Delegation Negotiating the Treaty of Ghent The Secretary of State notifies the American Ambassador in Paris that the US would be dropping the insistence on including impressment. The Secretary of State notifies the American Ambassador in Paris that the US would be dropping the insistence on including impressment.
27/06/1814. Surprisingly, the instructions told the U.S. negotiators, led by John Quincy Adams and Henry Clay, to back off on demanding the end of impressment, though that was the cause of the war in the first placeThe ongoing war in Europe had dominated American foreign policy since the days of George Washington, but during James Madison’s administration the war spread to this hemisphere. Shortly after Madison took office, the failed embargo imposed by Thomas Jefferson was replaced with an act aimed just at France and Great Britain, which provided that if one of those belligerents would recognize its neutrality, especially at sea, the U.S. would halt trade with the other. France made a show of compliance, and the already French-leaning Madison took a step towards hostilities and reimposed nonintercourse with Great Britain. Meanwhile, many Americans in the west and south called War Hawks, led by such young up-and-coming men as Henry Clay and John C. Calhoun, were spoiling for war. They were hungry for glory and territorial expansion, and were confident that if the U.S. moved quickly, it could readily conquer Canada from Britain while it was preoccupied with Napoleon. The northeastern portion of the country was largely against the war, which it saw as unnecessary. Madison went along with the War Hawks nonetheless, and he asked Congress to declare a war that the U.S. was unready to wage and for which inadequate planning had been done.The timing was also poor, as not long after war was declared, Napoleon’s Grand Army was decimated in Russia, and the British had men and sh … [Click Below for Full Description]
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