. Rumors flew around in Europe that an accommodation with the United States would take
place. On 22 Nov. the congress, taking note of these disturbing developments, emphatically
denied that anything but recognition of independence and of treaties made under the
authority of the United States could end the contest with Britain. A copy of the resolves
of the congress was sent to
, 9:951–952; James Lovell to
, 1 Dec.