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The Works of Alexander Hamilton, ed. Henry Cabot Lodge (Federal Edition) (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1904). In 12 vols. Vol. 10.
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to theodore sedgwick
Feb. 21, 1799.
The step announced in your letter just received, in all its circumstances, would astonish, if any thing from that quarter could astonish.
But as it has happened, my present impression is that the measure must go into effect with the additional idea of a commission of three.
The mode must be accommodated with the President. Murray is certainly not strong enough for so immensely important a mission.1
I will write to-morrow if my impression varies.
This letter refers to the message of John Adams of February 18, 1799, announcing his intention of reopening negotiations with France and nominating William Vans Murray as Minister to the French Republic. This action on the part of the President, taken without consulting even his Cabinet, astonished the country and fell like a thunderbolt upon the Federalists.