Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
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[dateline] Paris, 16 May 1780
This brief dispatch, read in Congress on 11 Sept., served as a covering letter for a number of letters and three packets of newspapers entrusted to the Chevalier de La Colombe, former aide-decamp to Lafayette and John Adams' fellow passenger from Boston to El Ferrol, who was returning to America on the Alliance
. See also JA to the president of Congress, 13 May
(No. 66, calendared above). In his letter, Adams noted the rumored reopening of the port of Antwerp and a report that Austria was outfitting three warships to protect its Mediterranean trade from the Barbary pirates. The information regarding Antwerp was taken from Edmund Jenings' letter of 7 May
(above), while that concerning the Austrian warships came from the Gazette de France
of 16 May. Adams speculated whether British influence was behind either move.