Recipient: Livingston, Robert R.
informed him that Russia, in pursuit of its objective of a separate Anglo-Dutch peace,
had asked France to relax its opposition to such a settlement.
then included the French text of France's response to the proposition. France appreciated
Russia's concern but declared that it was inappropriate for either the French or the
Russian governments to seek to influence the Dutch. Arguing national sovereignty,
the French stated, somewhat disingenuously, that if the Netherlands should wish to
honor their relationship with their French allies by not undertaking a separate peace,
then Russia must recognize that it would be inappropriate for France to divert them
from such a resolution. In the PCC
, France's response is given in the original French and is followed by an English
translation by John Pintard. In the letterbook copy, however, the French response
is translated into English. There is no indication as to why
included the French text but not the translation in the recipient's copy, since both
it and the letterbook copy are wholly in