Papers of John Adams, volume 10

From William Lee

To the President of Congress, No. 2


In the Gazette de Leyde of 29 Aug., Luzac, using the text of JA's letter as the basis for his introductory comments, printed the act establishing the American Academy of Arts and Sciences that had been adopted by the General Court on 4 May 1780 (Mass., Province Laws , 5:1194–1196), and the text of a report of the meeting of the American Philosophical Society on 21 Jan. at which George Washington, JA, and numerous others were elected to membership. The newspaper account indicated that the material was taken from a letter dated 15 June at Philadelphia, but no such letter has been found in the Adams Papers, despite Luzac's return of this letter's enclosures with his letter of 31 Aug. (below). A printed copy of the act establishing the American Academy (Evans, No. 16841) is in the Adams Papers. JA copied a small portion of the text from the Gazette into Lb/JA/14 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 102). It appears immediately after his letter of 28 Aug. to Joseph Gridley (not printed, but see Gridley's letter of post 28 Aug. , below) and is followed by eleven blank pages, indicating that JA probably intended to copy the entire article. For JA's role in the establishment of the American Academy, see vol. 8:233, 260, 270–271; Adams Family Correspondence , 3:225–226. For JA's election to the American Philosophical Society in 1780 and then again in 1793, see Adams Family Correspondence , 3:299–300.