Adams Papers

To John Adams from the Committee for Foreign Affairs, 12 December 1780

From the Committee for Foreign Affairs


Philada. Decr. 12. 1780


In Addition to other Papers1 respecting your Ministration I now forward an Act of Congress of this day.

You know that it has been much if not intirely the Practice of the Comtee. of foreign Affairs to let the Resolves which they transmit speak for themselves. In the present Case however there is no danger of a too warm Expression of the Satisfaction of Congress even if, in performing singly the Duty of our whole Committee, I should write in the approving Language of a personally affectionate and very partial Friend.

James Lovell for the Comtee. of forgn. Affrs.

RC and enclosure (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Vote of Approbation Decr 12 1780 of my Transactions communicated in my Letter of June 26. 1780”; by John Thaxter: “Resolve Decr. 12 1780.” Three copies of the resolution, one by James Lovell and two by Charles Thomson, are in the Adams Papers. The Lovell copy probably accompanied this letter, for a comparison of the endorsements on the two Thomson extracts with those on James Lovell’s letter of 14 Dec. (below) and a later one consisting of duplicates of the letters of 12 and 14 Dec. (Adams Papers) makes it likely that they were enclosed with those letters.

1It is not known what other papers Lovell may have sent along with this letter.

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