Adams Papers

Abbé Raynal to John Adams: A Translation, 18 January 1782

Abbé Raynal to John Adams: A Translation

Brussels, 18 January 1782


Mr. Jenings forwarded your letter of 5 January to me with the Dutch translation of the Révolution de l’Amérique.

I am relieved that you were not displeased with the little I said about you. Better informed, I would have been more elaborate, but I did not know enough to state anything more than general points.

If your time allows you to read carefully what I wrote about North America, perhaps you could do me the favor of pointing out any errors that I might have made.1 I honor your talents, and have respect and admiration for your character. These sentiments will assure you of my obedience.

I have the honor to be with respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant


RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “A Monsieur Monsieur J Adams à Amsterdam”; endorsed by John Thaxter: “Abbé Raynal. 18th. Jany. 1782.”

1See On the Abbé Raynal’s Révolution de l’Amérique, 22 Jan., below.

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