From the time it was announced by His Catholic Majesty Ferdinand VII in August 1820, that he was sending a minister plenipotentiary to the United States to conduct further negotiations with President Monroe, to the moment General Francisco Vives disembarked in New York on April 7, 1820, from the packet ship James Monroe, an aura of mystery had enveloped Washington as to the disposition of the Spanish government toward the Florida treaty. For during this time there had been virtually no official communiques exchanged between the two governments. John Forsyth, the American minister in Spain, was for all intents and purposes personna non grata, and for months he had been given almost no information by the Spanish government. The question being asked in Washington was: Did Vives bring along a ratified treaty?
Bisceglia, Louis R.
"The Florida Treaty and the Gallatin-Vives Misunderstanding,"
Florida Historical Quarterly: Vol. 48:
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