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From John Adams to the President of Congress, No. 18, 14 March 1780

To the President of Congress, No. 18

Paris, 14 March 1780. RC in John Thaxter’s hand (PCC, No. 84, I, f. 325–327). printed: 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 , 3:544–545.

This letter, which Congress received on 11 Sept., was based on intelligence provided by Edmund Jenings and Thomas Digges in their letters of 5 and 7 March, respectively (both above). John Adams reported on the number of troops available in England, Ireland, and Scotland; British naval movements; and the apparent intention of the British ministry to dispatch no more troops to America. For information on French intentions, Adams referred Congress to the Vicomte de Noailles, whom Adams expected would carry the letter to America.

RC in John Thaxter’s hand (PCC, No. 84, I, f. 325–327.) printed: (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 , 3:544–545.)

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