In June 1778 the British government's newly created Carlisle Peace Commission travelled to Philadelphia in an attempt to negotiate peace with the Second Continental Congress. The commission offered to meet all of the former colonies' demands, including repealing taxes and the 'Intolerable Acts' of 1774, but refused to accede on the matter of independence. The Congress, boosted by France's declaration of support for American independence, rejected the offer.
Congress rejects British peace offer (66 words)
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