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The American Peace Commissioners’ Commission to John Lamb

5 Oct. 1785

To all to whom these Presents shall come, or may be made known, London October 5 1785
 

Whereas the United States of America in Congress assembled, reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Integrity, Prudence and Ability of their trusty and well beloved The Honorable John Adams, late one of their Ministers Plenipotentiary for negotiating a Peace, & heretofore a Delegate in Congress from the State of Massachusetts and Cheif Justice of the said State, The Honorable Doctor Benjamin Franklin their Minister Plenipotentiary at the Court of Versailles & late another of their Ministers Plenipotentiary for negotiating a Peace, and the Honorable Thomas Jefferson a Delegate in Congress from the State of Virginia and late Governor of the said State, did by their Commission under the Seal of the United States, and the signature of their then President, bearing date the twelfth day of May, in the year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven hundred and Eighty Four, constitute and appoint the said John Adams, Benjamin Franklin & Thomas Jefferson their Ministers Plenipotentiary giving to them or a Majority of them full Power and Authority for the said United States & in their Name to confer, treat and negotiate with the Ambassador, Minister or Commissioner of The most illustrious Lords and Governors of the City & Kingdom of Tripoli, vested with full & sufficient Powers of and concerning a Treaty of Amity and Commerce as the Case might be, to make and receive Propositions for such a Treaty and to conclude and sign the same, transmitting it to the United States in Congress assembled for their final ratification. And as it might so happen that the other great and various Affairs which the said United States had committed to the Care and management of their said Ministers Plenipotentiary, might not admit of their meeting the Minister or Commissioner which the illustrious Lords & Governors of Tripoli might appoint to treat with them, of and concerning such Treaty, at a time and Place, that might otherwise be most convenient: Therefore the said United States in Congress assembled did on the Eleventh day of March in the Year of our Lord Christ one thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty five, by their \other/ Commission under their Seal, and the Signature of their President, authorize and empower their said three Ministers Plenipotentiary, and the Majority of them, by Writing under their Hands and Seals to appoint and employ, and at pleasure to remove such Agent in the said Business, as they or the Majority of them might think proper. which said Agent should have Authority under the Directions and instructions of their said Ministers, to commence and prosecute negotiations and conferences, for the said Treaty, with such Person or Persons, on the Part of the illustrious Lords & Governors of the Kingdom of Tripoli, as to their said Ministers or the Majority of them should appear proper. provided always that the Treaty in Question should be signed by the said Ministers, but that preliminary Articles thereto might, if previously approved by their said Ministers or the majority of them be signed by the said Agent—And Whereas Doctor Benjamin Franklin one of the Ministers Plenipotentiary aforesaid is since returned to America Know Ye, that We John Adams Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America at the Court of Great Britain and Thomas Jefferson Minister Plenipotentiary of the Said States at the Court of France two of the Ministers plenipotentiary aforesaid and a majority of them, reposing special Trust and Confidence in the Integrity, Prudence and Ability of John Lamb Esquire have constituted appointed and employed & do by these Presents constitute, appoint and employ him the said John Lamb as Agent in the Business aforesaid, hereby giving him full Authority under our directions and Instructions, to commence and prosecute negotiations and conferences, for the said Treaty with such Person or Persons as The Lords & Governors of the Kingdom of Tripoly shall appoint and empower for that purpose, provided always that the Treaty in Question shall be signed by us, but that preliminary Articles thereto may, if previously approved by us, be signed by the said Agent

In testimony whereof We have hereto Sett our / Hands and Seals—

 

John Adams.

PCC, No. 91, II.
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