Jefferson’s Motion


Signed by the American peace commissioners on September 3, 1783, the Treaty of Paris formally ended the Revolutionary War. Thomas Jefferson wrote this motion for ratification by Congress and a unanimous vote ratified the treaty on January 14, 1784. The treaty was sent to London and the British Parliament, in turn, ratified the treaty on April 9, 1784.

National Archives, Records of the Continental and Confederation Congresses and the Constitutional Convention