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5. Since Sunday and Monday fell on the 21st and 22d of April (and not of May) in 1782, this entry confirms the supposition that JA erred in dating these lists of ceremonial visits in May. It was Llano, the Spanish minister at The Hague, who at this time paid JA a compliment which he reported to various correspondents in bad French but with much satisfaction:
“Vous avez frappé, Mo[n]sieur, (said he to me) le plus grand Coup de tout L'Europe. C'est le plus grand Coup, qui a jamais été frappé dans la Cause Americain. . . . C'est Vous qui a rempli cette nation d'Enthousiasme. C'est Vous qui a tournée leurs Tetes” ( JA to Edmund Jenings, 28 April 1782, Adams Papers).