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Envoy to the Terror


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Melanie Randolph Miller began her professional career in aeronautical engineering before going on to law school and finally to obtain a doctorate in American history. She is the editor of the Gouverneur Morris Papers: Diaries Project and the author of Envoy to the Terror: Gouverneur Morris and the French Revolution.


"In the hands of Melanie Miller, Gouverneur Morris's dramatic story as a diplomat in Paris during the French Revolution has finally been told by someone with the discipline of a historian but a novelist's eye. It's a 'page turner' in the best sense."
"Miller's sprightly, authoritative account of Morris's experience in revolutionary France is the most recent effort to rehabilitate the reputation of a neglected Founding Father. It successfully refutes the unfair charges of Jefferson and Hamilton that his mission was a failure."
""Envoy to the Terror" is not only a perceptive study of the diplomatic career of one of the least known Founders, it makes critical contributions to our understanding of American diplomacy during the Federalist Era."
"Melanie Randolph Miller's spirited account of Gouverneur Morris's career in Paris from 1789 to 1794 is a welcome addition to the literature. Fully exploiting Morris's private and offical correspondence as well as his extraordinarily revealing diary, Miller offers a rounded and appealing portrait of a relatively neglected founder during the least well understood years of his career."

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