Adams Papers

Jean Luzac to John Adams: A Translation, 31 August 1780

Jean Luzac to John Adams: A Translation

Leyden, 31 August 1780


I have the honor to return to you the enclosed papers, which you were kind enough to send me, and you can see from the enclosed gazette of last Tuesday the use that I made of them.1 I am infinitely obliged for the attention that you have paid to me in this regard and you will always find me ready to consider anything that you may communicate. As to the constitution of Massachusetts Bay, I would have been delighted to have been the first to publish it, but three months ago the Courier du Bas-Rhin published the first part of it and I see that today the French gazette of Amsterdam has published a lengthy section, which the gazette at Utrecht has already begun to copy. Nevertheless, I would be very pleased to have the original.

My father and uncle have directed me to present their regards2 and I have the honor to be, sir, with the utmost respect, your excellency’s most humble and most obedient servant.

J. Luzac

RC (Adams Papers).

1For the items printed by Luzac in the Gazette de Leyde of 29 Aug., see JA’s letter of 22 Aug., and note 2 (above).

2Luzac’s father was Jean Luzac, former rector of a gymnasium at The Hague; his uncle was Etienne Luzac, who had retired in 1775 as editor of the Gazette de Leyde, leaving the younger Jean Luzac in control (Nieuw Ned. Biog. Woordenboek description begins P. C. Molhuysen and others, eds., Nieuw Nederlandsch Biografisch Woordenboek, Leyden, 1911–1937; 10 vols. description ends , 1:1290).

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