Decoding Revolutionary Correspondence

November 28, 1781 from Robert R. Livingston to John Jay

Code/Cipher: WE007
Source: Papers of the Continental Congress, Roll 105, Page 332 [also numbered sheet 46] (Code appears from Page 333 [also numbered sheet 47])
Manuscript: PCC at Footnote.com
Jay Papers ID 5189; ID 7763 (with translation); ID 7925 (with translation); ID 11359; ID 598 (alternative coding); ID 1537 (alternative coding) (see here for alternative coding.)
Electronic Text of Wharton (The Libary of Congress | American Memory)
Searchable Text of Sparks (Google)

In Plaintext

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Congress are occupied in taking measures for an active campaign, and they feel themselves satisfied with every thing both at home and abroad.
Except the reception you met with, plain and ingenuous themselves, they are astonished at the finesse of a court, the candid manner in which France has treated with them leading them to expect similar candor elsewhere. Their pride is hurt at conduct of Spain and, in spite of all their attatchment to the people and king of that country, they begin to talk of ceasing to apply where they are considered not as an [independent] people but as humble supplicants.
Tell me seriously what your sentiments are about being directed to go to France if no loans can be obtained. If no treaty can be opened, why stay where you are and experience nothing but mortifications.

But this is only mentioned to know your opinion, in case it should become a subject of discussion here.
Congress have dissolved Mr Adams's power to make a treaty of commerce Great Brittain ...

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me seriously what your sentiments are about being
directed
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