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From John Adams to Edmé Jacques Genet, 30 December 1778

To Edmé Jacques Genet

Decr 30. 1778

M. Adams is very Sorry, it is not in his Power to Send Monsieur Genet a Copy of the Manifesto of Congress. He lent the only Copy he had to Mr. Lee, who promised, Yesterday, to send a Copy to M. Genet, this Morning. M. A. gave to Monsieur Garnier a Translation of it into French done by a young Gentleman here, which Mr. Garnier has probably sent.1 I have Seen, in a Virginia News Paper, an Answer to the incendiary Manifesto,2 which well deserves a Place in your Pamphlet. I requested it for you. But the Gentleman, who had the only one sent it to England, So that you may expect to find it in the English News Papers.

Several Gentlemen have arrived here, [within] a few Days, from Boston who all give the most agreable Accounts of the Union and Resolution of the People, and particularly of the agreable Impression that the Comte D’Estaing and his Officers and People, have left of themselves, in the Minds of the Inhabitants. They all agree, that no British Fleet in Times of the greatest Security, could have lain there, and communicated so much with the Inhabitants, without exciting [more] Uneasinesses and Disturbance.

With great Respect, your most obedt.

John Adams

RC (Justin G. Turner, Los Angeles, 1958). Words lost to fire damage are supplied in brackets from a transcript in the Edmond Charles Genet Papers (DLC).

1In a letter of 26 Dec., Genet had requested a copy of Congress’ response to the Carlisle Commission’s manifesto, which had been brought to his attention by a “M. Garnier” (RC, Adams Papers; JCC description begins Worthington C. Ford and others, eds., Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, Washington, 1904–1937; 34 vols. description ends , 12:1080–1082). This was probably Charles Jean Garnier, secretary of the former French ambassador to Great Britain (JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 2:298). Genet printed a translation of the countermanifesto, perhaps that supplied by JA through Garnier, in Affaires de l’Angleterre et de l’Amérique, “Lettres,” vol. 13, cahier 62, p. xxiii–xxvii.

2Probably the reply to the Carlisle Commission’s manifesto signed “Americanus” that appeared in the Virginia Gazette of 30 Oct. and was reprinted by John Almon, without signature, in vol. 2 of his Remembrancer for 1778 (London, 1779, p. 133–137). It has not been found in Affaires.

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