Today’s American Minute

By Bill Federer

“In the name of the most holy and undivided Trinity.” This is how the Treaty of Paris began, which ended the eight-year-long American Revolutionary War. The treaty continued: “It having pleased the Divine Providence to dispose the heart of … Prince George the Third … to forget all past misunderstandings … between the two countries …” The treaty was signed this day by the American leaders Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, the second president, and John Jay, the first chief justice, and ends with the phrase: “Done at Paris, this third day of September in the year of our Lord, one thousand seven hundred and eighty-three.”