Adams Papers

Edmé Jacques Genet to John Adams: A Translation, 9 July 1778

Edmé Jacques Genet to John Adams: A Translation

[ante 9 July 1778]


I submitted to Comte de Vergennes an excerpt from General Heath’s letter which I have the honor to return enclosed. You will have seen that I have mentioned it in No. 46 of Affaires de l’Angleterre et de l’Amerique .1 The publication of No. 47 is but waiting for the first news which you will receive and wish to communicate to me as usual through the mail .2 This periodical pertains entirely to the American cause and the Commissioners. It is for this reason that it is in a position to appeal to the French public. I am with respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,

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RC (Adams Papers).

1The excerpt from William Heath’s letter to JA of 14 May (above, see note 3) appeared in Affaires de l’Angleterre et de l’Amérique, “Lettres,” vol. 10, cahier 46, p. ccxxxvi.

2It is not known when or if JA sent Genet any news for inclusion in No. 47, but at the end of that issue is a report, probably taken from an English newspaper, of the impending arrival of the Saratoga and the Spy with copies of the ratified Franco-American treaties (same, cahier 47, p. cccxviii–cccxx).

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