Thomas Jefferson Papers

John Adams to Franklin and Jefferson, 20 June 1785

John Adams to Franklin and Jefferson

Bath Hotel Westminster June 20. 1785.


Let me request of you, to turn your Attention as soon as possible to the Subject of a Treaty of Commerce between the United States of America and Great Britain, and transmit to me, a Project that you would advise me to propose in the first Instance. For my own Part I like the Plan agreed on with Prussia so well, that I must request you to send me a Copy of it, and with such Changes as you may advise me to adopt I should be for proposing that. With great Respect &c.

FC (MHi: AMT); at foot of text: “Their Excellencies Benjamin Franklin Esq. and Thomas Jefferson Esq.” RC (DNA: PCC, No. 84); in W. S. Smith’s hand; unsigned; endorsed by David Humphreys; body of text in code, with interlineal decoding begun by TJ; accompanied by another leaf bearing TJ’s decoding of the entire letter. Code No. 8 was employed by Adams.

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