Adams Papers

To John Adams from Elbridge Gerry, 24 November 1798

Boston 24th Novr 1798

Dear Sir

Having transmitted to Mr Pickering, additional documents, numbered from 36 to 50 inclusively, you will probably peruse them.

The first, contained a copy of a motion, I made to the other Envoys; to put an end, as early as the 21st of October 1797, to the disgraceful communications of X & Y. at the bottom of the original, is a note in the handwriting of General Pinckney, which shews, that it was intended to have been delivered on that day; & which is inserted in my letter to the Secretary, accompanying these documents.—the last number, is a copy of a Letter from Mr Bourne, Consul at Amsterdam; shewing the falsity of a publication, of his friend in this state, respecting intelligence said to have come from me. and the other numbers contain the messages, notes, & letter, between Mr Tallyrand & myself, respecting my application for passports &c for the Voyage home.

By this days post, I send to Mr Pickering the original letters, & notes, written to me by the french minister; of which copies had been enclosed by me to the former. the letters are numbered in my dispatches, 3, 6, 8, 11, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23, 25, 27, & 47. the notes 43, 44, & 46. the Secretary did not request the originals, before the 7th instant. his letter I recd on the 15th, & immediately employed a young gentleman, to take copies of them, in my house; in order to be authenticated by a notary. this step was necessary, to guard against accidents.

The Secretary has not rectified the errors; pointed out in a letter which I had the honor to write you; in his answer to the address of Prince Edward County, I think was, of Virginia.

I have the honor to be, Dr Sir, / with perfect respect & attachment / your most obedt servt

E Gerry

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