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From John Adams to Edmund Jenings, 19 April 1780

To Edmund Jenings

April 19. 17801

I have only time at present, to beg the favour of you, to procure the inclosed, to be inserted in all the English newspapers.2 There is not a Circumstance exagerated, and the half is not told.

RC with enclosure (Adams Papers); notation on back of enclosure: “printed in the English Papers.”

1For the possibility that JA wrote two letters to Jenings on 19 April, see Jenings’ letter of 24 April, and note 1 (below).

2This description of JA’s journey through northern Spain was printed in a slightly altered form in the London General Advertiser & Morning Intelligencer for 1 May. For JA’s critique of the printed version, see his letter to Edmé Jacques Genet of 11 May (below). The account should be compared with those in JA’s Diary and his Autobiography (JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 2:400–434; 4:191–241) and his letters of 11 Dec. 1779 and 16 Jan. 1780 to the president of Congress (same, 4:195–196, 230–236; vol. 8:295–296, 310–311, calendar entries).

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