Adams Papers

To John Adams from Edmund Jenings, 22 April 1781

From Edmund Jenings

Brussels April 22d. 1781


It is so very long since I had the Honor of hearing from your Excellency, that I am fearful your Excellency is out of order.1

I take the Liberty of informing your Excellency, that I shall leave this place the Tenth of next Month, in order to Conduct my Nephew2 to Nantes, where He will embark about the first of June for America. Should your Excellency have any Commands I can Answer for Him, He will execute them most Faithfully.

We have no News here. It is Supposed the Spanish fleet after having put on shore its Sick and taking refreshments the 27th. Ultimo put to sea again the 4th. Instant.

The Merchants and Traders of these Countries have laid before the Governor a memorial, wherein they state their losses by the English to amount to four Millions of Florins. Dispatches are sent to Vienna and to London on this Account.

I have reason to think your Excellency has recieved the Packet, which was negligently left at Valenciennes, and about which I was very Uneasy. I shall be glad to hear truth thereof confirmd.3

I am with the greatest Respect Sir Your Excellencys Most Faithful & Obedient Humble Servt.

Edm. Jenings

RC (Adams Papers).

1JA’s last letter to Jenings was of 22 March, above.

2Either John or Matthias Bordley, sons of John Beale Bordley, Jenings’ half-brother (JQA, Diary description begins Diary of John Quincy Adams, ed. David Grayson Allen, Robert J. Taylor, and others, Cambridge, 1981– . description ends , 1:38).

3See JA’s letter of 6 April to the president of Congress, above.

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