Adams Papers

1778 July 25.

1778 July 25.

It is an Amusement among some People, here, who understand a little English, to give Samples of English Sentences, hard to be pronounced.—“What think the chosen Judges? Thrust this Thistle through this Thumb. An Apple in each Hand and a third in my Mouth.”—&c.1

1See further, on the difficulties of the French in pronouncing the name “Washington,” JA’s Autobiography under this date.

At this point, 25 July 1778, the second part of JA’s Autobiography, entitled “Travels and Negotiations,” breaks off.

The third part, entitled “Peace,” does not resume the narrative of his life until 29 Sept. 1779, the date of JA’s commissions from the Continental Congress to negotiate treaties of peace and commerce with Great Britain.

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