Adams Papers

John Adams to John Paul Jones, 17 Jul. 1786

London July 17. 1786


I have recieved the letter you did me the honor to write me on the 10th: of this month & embrace the opportunity by Colo. Trumbull to answer it. The Comte de Reventlow complaisantly enough, inclosed my letter to the Baron de Waltersdorff in his despatch to the Danish Ministry & informed him that it related to a public affair so that there is no room to doubt that the letter went safe & that the Court are acquainted with its contents. But no answer has been recieved. I am told that the Baron de Waltersdorf has been at Paris & the Hague long since the date of my letter to him & I was told he was coming to London where I should see him. But he has not yet been here, as there is a Danish Minister now in Paris, I should advise you to apply to him: for the foreign ministers in general at the Court of Versailles have [ . . .] upon their spirits in all things relating to America than those at London. Cash, I fancy, is not an abundant article, in Denmark, & your claim has probably delayed & suspended all negotiations with Mr. Jefferson & me respecting a commercial treaty, for which three years ago, there was so little zeal. This however is only conjecture, in confidence.—I have the honour &c.


John Adams

/Copy W. Short secy/

(DLC: Jefferson Papers).

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