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Commander in Chief

Event Date: 
Mon, 01/01/1798

When war threatened with France, President Adams appointed Washington as commander in chief of the armies of the United States of America. But the war never took place. In this letter James Monroe, the American Minister in France, warns Washington that the French have intercepted correspondence expressing his approval of the contentious Jay Treaty.  In July 1798, the United States rescinded all treaties with France.

James Monroe to George Washington, March 24, 1796