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To John Adams from John Jay, 7 April 1786

From John Jay

New York 7 Ap. 1786

Dear Sir

I lately sent you five or six copies of the last Edition of my Pamphlet. I then supposed it to be correct, but have since discovered in it the Errors mentioned in the inclosed note—1 be pleased to correct it accordingly.

we are well tho not officially informed that all the States have granted the Impost to Congress, except new York, in whose Legislature there is a strong Party against it. You will think it strange, and yet so the Fact is that this Party has not a little been cherished by certain Gentlemen of Congress who were here last Autumn—

Your Letters by the last Packet have been recd.—but I defer particulars to a private opportunity which I am told will soon offer—

Yours very sincerely

John Jay—

{In my opinion a categorical answer to your memorial should not be prest without the further order of Congress.}2

RC (Adams Papers description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Marc Friedlaender, Richard Alan Ryerson, Margaret A. Hogan, and others, Cambridge, 1963– . description ends ).

1For the controversy and ensuing pamphlet war between Jay and Lewis Littlepage, see Jay’s 2 Feb. letter, and note 1, above. Jay’s “inclosed note” has not been found.

2For the Adams-Jay code used here, see JA’s first letter of 3 Dec. 1785 to Jay, note 1, above. This letter was presumably decoded upon its arrival, but no such decoding has been found. The text given here is taken from the decoded passage in CFA’s hand appearing immediately below the encoded passage. For Congress’ endorsement of Jay’s view, see his 1 May 1786 letter, below.

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