September 11, 1773 — Today’s Staten Island Peace Conference was a brief meeting held in the hope of bringing an end to the American Revolutionary War. Held at Billop Manor, the residence of Colonel Christopher Billop, participants included British Admiral Lord Richard Howe, and members of the Second Continental Congress — John Adams, Benjamin Franklin, and Edward Rutledge.
Held in the days after the British capture of Long Island, it lasted just three hours, and was a failure.
The Americans insisted on recognition of their recently declared independence, and Howe’s limited authority was inadequate to deal with that development. After the conference, the British continued their military campaign for control of New York City.
Words of Wisdom
There never was a good war or bad peace.