William Adams(1814-1848), Church of England clergyman and author
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Established a high reputation for business capacity and mastery of legal details. His chief claim to distinction was the part he took in the negotiations for a treaty with the United States in 1814 after the capture of Washington; he was one of the three commissioners sent to represent England, and was responsible for the preparation of the dispatches relating to maritime law, which was the most delicate and important part of the negotiation. In 1820 Adams was one of the counsels for the trial relating to the divorce of King George IV and Queen Caroline. Working on this case had serious consequences for his health, and in 1825 he was compelled on this account to retire from professional life.
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