Adams Papers

To John Adams from Thomas Digges, 6 October 1780

From Thomas Digges

London Octr. 6. 1780

Dr. Sir

I am thankful for your late favor1 and shall send you the Books desird by first opportunity.

Mr. Henr. Laurens was brought to Town last night, rather in better health. He was lodgd that night in the Messengers House in Scotland Yard, and denyd all sort of communication with his friends—or those who wishd to speak to Him. He was Examined at noon at Lord G. Germains and committed by a Warrant of Justice Addington a close prisoner to the Tower—orders that no person whatever speaks to Him. These folks are so foolishly changable that most likely in a few days the severity of His confinement may be relaxd. At present two men are always in the same room with Him, and two soldiers without.2You shall hear more from me by next post.3

No news from the Westward of any sort. The general beleif is that the privy Council yesterday have determind to prosecute the war further in Ama. with vigour—perhaps the fools have concluded that as they have catchd Mr. Laurens they can conquer America. I can see no other reason for their supposition of success in the further prosecution of that war.

I am your mo ob ser


RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “A Monsiéur Monsr. <Ferdinando Raymond San> Chez Monsiéur Henri Shorn Amsterdam”; endorsed by John Thaxter: “W.S.C Octr. 6. 1780.”

1Of 25 Sept. (above).

2Digges’ report agrees in most respects with that of Henry Laurens in his “Narrative.” There Laurens, who was committed to the Tower under a charge of high treason, gives a brief account of his examination before Lord George Germain and several others, including Lord Hillsborough and Lord Stormont (Laurens, “Narrative,” description begins Henry Laurens, “A Narrative of the Capture of Henry Laurens, of his Confinement in the Tower of London, &c., 1780, 1781, 1782,” South Carolina Historical Society, Collections, 1 (1857):18–83. description ends p. 24–25). A longer account of the interrogation appeared in the London newspapers (see, for example, the London Courant, 7 Oct.; London Chronicle, 7–10 Oct.). For the printing of a French translation of Digges’ report in the supplement to the Gazette de Leyde of 7 Nov., see Dumas’ letter of 7 Nov. (below).

3Of 10 Oct. (below).

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