“So be it,” said Berrien. “John”—he indicated Tyler—“you have my permission to go to London and negotiate. But let me be clear—I see this as a pause in the war, not an end. Keep the negotiations going, but don’t agree to anything final.”
Because of course he doesn't see it ending. Just literally been told that the US can't even afford the army it currently has and still sees peace as something to be dictated, not negotiated. Anything bad to happen to Berrien can't come soon enough.