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Tango0104 May 2017 8:46 p.m. PST

"President Madison officially accepted the British offer of direct peace negotiations in January 1814. He sent two more members to join the peace delegation, Henry Clay and Jonathan Russell, who arrived mid-April, after a harrowing sea voyage. The spring of 1814 also brought the abdication of Napoleon which marked a pause, if not the end, of what had seemed an interminable war on the Continent. The end of hostilities in Europe was a key development that pushed forward peace negotiations. On the American side, leaders quite rightly saw that the North American war would soon have the full attention of Great Britain. The British side, on the other had, suffered from fatigue and financial instability wrought by many years at war.

By mid-summer the U.S. dropped its opposition to British impressment. The practice was already on the wane, and peace between Britain and France promised further diminishment of impressment. The five member U.S. delegation met with British representatives starting on August 8. The British negotiators were Admiral Lord Gambier, Henry Goulburn, and William Adams, who worked in close contact with Secretary of War and the Colonies Lord Bathurst who coordinated the talks with Prime Minster Lord Liverpool and the diplomatic leaders handling the post-war settlements in Europe…"
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