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JAY TO CHARLES THOMSON. - John Jay, The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, vol. 3 (1782-1793) 
The Correspondence and Public Papers of John Jay, ed. Henry P. Johnston, A.M. (New York: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 1890-93). Vol. 3 (1782-1793).
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JAY TO CHARLES THOMSON.
Passy 12th September, 1783.
Mr. Thaxter, who returns unspoiled, is the bearer of the definitive treaty, and will deliver you this.
Mr. Hartley expects soon to confer with us about commerce, and says he is persuaded that Britain will be liberal. I should not doubt it if it was certain that the States would act like one nation.
I think all commercial treaties should observe exact reciprocity. Mr. Hartley wishes that the American carrying places (why only the carrying places?) on both sides of the boundary line may be in common forever. I doubt the policy of our agreeing to it, except for limited terms or during the duration of the treaty of commerce, which, in my opinion, should be temporary, unless very extensively free and reciprocal, because such treaties, if unequal and full of restrictions, may in time be very disadvantageous, though at present convenient. Dr. Franklin wishes to provide against privateering and depredations on unarmed people in future wars. I agree with him perfectly, except that I wish every army invading us may be a licentious, predatory one, for in that case the inhabitants would oppose them with more vigour and perseverance.
It is my determination to return next summer, and therefore I hope my friends will not think of employing me in Europe in any way that might interfere with it.
The prints herewith enclosed relate to a subject which excites universal attention; they will explain themselves.
Mrs. Jay, who is just getting out of the straw, presents her compliments to you and Mrs. Thomson.
With great regard and attachment, I am, dear sir, your friend and servant,