First Letter by John Adams Printed in Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amérique, 17 July 1778 297
Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amérique
was a clandestine publication of the French Foreign Ministry that appeared irregularly from early 1776 through late 1779. Divided into two series, “Journals” for the history of the Revolution's origins and “Lettres” for current news, it was a pro-American publication edited by Edmé Jacques Genet, the head of the Foreign Ministry's translators bureau. Although John Adams earlier had sent to Genet letters by various people for publication (see letters to Adams from William Heath, 14 May 1778, note 3
, and James Lovell, 29 April 1778, descriptive note
, both below), this French translation was his first appearance in Affaires.
Courtesy of the Massachusetts Historical Society.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.