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4110. JEFFERSON (Thomas), Offices held by.—[further continued].

On the 15th of June, [257] 1781, I had been appointed, with Mr. Adams,
Dr. Franklin, Mr. Jay, and Mr. Laurens, a
Minister Plenipotentiary for negotiating
peace, then expected to be effected through
the mediation of the Empress of Russia. The
same reasons obliged me still to decline;
and the negotiation was in fact never entered
Autobiography. Washington ed. i, 51. Ford ed., i, 71.


The Secret Journal of Congress gives the date as
June 14.—Note in Ford edition.