Adams Papers

To John Adams from John Jay, 24 February 1781

From John Jay

Madrid 24 Feb. 1781


Since my last to you before you left Paris, I have been favored with no Letters from you except a few Lines sent me by Mr. Montgomery of Alicante, recommending that Gentleman as friendly to our Country.1

The enclosed is a Copy of an Act of Congress adopting the Regu­lations proposed by the Empress of Russia,2 and of which I was desired to transmit Copies to you and Doctr. Franklin.

Agreable to the Directions of Congress I have communicated to this Court your appointment to execute the Business committed to Mr. Laurens, and requested their friendly Influence to promote your Operations. I have also desired my Friends the Messrs. De Neufville to afford you all the Aid in their power,3 and if on any Occasion it may be in my power to be useful, I beg that you will without Hesitation command my Services.

I have the Honor to be Sir with great Respect Your most obedt. & hble Servt.

John Jay

RC and enclosure (Adams Papers). endorsed by John Thaxter: “Mr. Jay 24th. Feby. 1781.” For the enclosure see note 2.

1Jay’s last letter was dated 17 July 1780 (vol. 10:6–8). No letter of recommendation for Robert Montgomery by JA has been found. See Montgomery’s letter of 19 Feb. 1780 requesting that JA write him a letter of introduction to John Jay (vol. 8:341).

2Congress’ resolution of 5 Oct. 1780 (JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774– 1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. description ends , 18:905).

3See Jay’s letter to Jean de Neufville & Fils of 8 Jan. (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. description begins Francis Wharton, ed., The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States, Washington, 1889; 6 vols. description ends , 4:385–386).

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