Adams Papers

From John Adams to Jean Luzac, 5 September 1780

To Jean Luzac

Amsterdam Septr. 5. 1780


Inclosed is an Abridgment of a Pamphlet, published in London last Winter. I beg your Attentive Perusal of it and your candid opinion, whether it would be of service to our cause, which is the Cause of Man Kind and especially of Europe, to publish it, and in what manner. You will please to return it to me, if you do not make any Use of it, because there is not, in the World, another Copy.1

It is an abridgment of a real Pamphlet. This you may depend on.

Yours respectfully.

LbC (Adams Papers).

1This is M. Addenet’s French translation of JA’s reworking of Thomas Pownall’s Memorial (A Translation of Thomas Pownall’s Memorial, 19 April – [ca. 14 July]; Addenet to JA, 30 July; Francis Dana to JA, 31 July, all above). For Luzac’s reaction to JA’s effort and his publication of it in November as Pensées sur la révolution de l’Amérique-Unie, see his letters to JA of 7 and 14 Sept. and 14 Nov. (all below).

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