1798 · Boston
This private Boston printing of Adams's Message includes "the famous 'XYZ' correspondence." The document includes Adams's letters credentialing Marshall, Pinckney, and Gerry as his envoys to adjust difficulties with France; and their blow-by-blow description of the whole sordid affair, in which Mr. X demanded that "a sum of money was required for the pocket of the Directory and ministers, which would be at the disposal of M. Talleyrand: and that a loan would also be insisted on. Mr. X. said, if we acceded to these measures, M. Talleyrand had no doubt that all our differences with France might be accommodated." Mr. Y. advised, "You must pay money, you must pay a great deal of money."
Adams asked Congress to keep this document secret while an appropriate response was considered.
Evans 34815. Howes A199. (Inventory #: 26099)