January 11th, 2011 by jacquelineb
When I was younger, my grandpa gave me a coin from the 1800’s and I always kept it with me. It helped me win basketball games, helped me get through big tests and other galactic things too. This is something not many people have…we call it a good luck charm. John Adams, the president at the time, had something special that kept everything together for him. He always kept it in his pocket and it was like his good luck charm that he always had with him. He even had it when he got elected for president, and that’s when he knew it was his lucky charm. His lucky charm was so little but sob compelling, a button. Adams wanted to make peace with France, so he sent over a diplomatic team to Paris to repair the damage caused by Jay’s Treaty and the Citizen Genet affair. John Adams was hoping that his lucky charm would help complete his mission to make peace with France. On their way to France, they were hit by a huge wave and almost got capsized. The diplomats thought that they the lucky button. But they had to complete their mission so moved on. After arriving in France the three U.S diplomats- Thomas Pinckney, John Marshal and Elbridge Gerry. The French foreign minister Charles Talleyrand would not speak to them. Intead they were visited in secret by French agents who said that Charles would only talk about the treaty if they pay him $250,000 bribe and a 12 million to the French Government. The diplomats refused and when they got back on the boat they were worried because of the lost button.But when they returned to the US they told John Adams they failed there mission without the lucky button. Adams was more angry about the French insult, but he gave congress papers describing the french terms and substitued the letters X, Y, Z for the names of the french agents.Federalist in Congress called for war with France. A couple years later John Adams was tired of this undeclared naval war, so he wanted to go back to France to try and make peace again. When they got on the boat, they found the lucky button laying on the ground! John was so happy and truly believed that his lucky button would help him in his mission to making peace with France. As a matter a fact, it did! France and the U.S finally made a peace treaty, only with the help of his lucky button. And right here in our hands, we lay John Adams lucky button.
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