Adams Papers

From John Adams to Edmund Jenings, 12 June 1779

To Edmund Jenings

L’orient June 12. 17791

Dear Sir

This Moment I received yours of the 16 as it is dated, but I suppose was the 10.2 You cannot imagine how much I am obliged to you for this Letter and the other of the second, and the <Parliamentary> Remembrancer.3 I have read the 12 Letters and am charmed with their Spirit—hope the Author will continue, for his Abilities and Temper must be of great service to our Country.

Ld. N. is probably, at his old insidious Game, of taking Advantage of certain Disputes, in order to propose Terms. But his Lord ship may make himself easy, for if Congress should never meet again the Seperate states, would be two much for him. Your Letter for Gen. Gates have not received nor any other Letter from you, which I have not answered, but the two mentioned above, which contain Matters of such vast Importance that I cannot enlarge upon them at present.4

I am, dear sir, yours

John Adams

RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “John Adams Esqr. Recd. June 17. 1779.” LbC (Adams Papers).

1In his Letterbook copy, perhaps thinking of Jenings’ dating of his letter, JA wrote “L’orient June 1<6>2. 1779.”

2Now dated [ca. 6] June (above). See note 1 there.

3In his Letterbook, from the preceding comma, JA wrote “<with> and the <Parliamentary Register> Remembrancer.”

4JA had responded at length to Jenings’ letter of 2 June on 8 June (above), but then decided not to send it.

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