Adams Papers

To John Adams from Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant, 15 June 1776

From Jonathan Dickinson Sergeant

Burln. 15. June 1776

Dear Sir

Jacta est Alea.1 We are passing the Rubicon and our Delegates in Congress on the first of July will vote plump.2 The Bearer is a staunch Whigg and will answer any Questions You may need to ask. Have been very busy here and have stole a Minute from Business to write this. In haste Yours,

Jona D Sergeant

RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “J.D. Sergeant. June 15. 1776.”

1The die is cast.

2On 22 June the Third Provincial Congress of New Jersey instructed its delegates to the Continental Congress to support, if necessary, any move toward independence (Force, Archives description begins [Peter Force, ed.,] American Archives: Consisting of a Collection of Authentick Records, State Papers, Debates, and Letters and Other Notices of Publick Affairs, Washington, 1837–1853; 9 vols. description ends , 4th ser., 6:1628–1629).

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