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Docno: ADMS-06-06-02-0203-0002

Author: Genet, Edmé Jacques
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-07-09

Edmé Jacques Genet to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I submitted to Comte de Vergennes an excerpt from General Heath's letter which I have the honor to return enclosed. You will have seen that I have mentioned it in No. 46 of Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amerique .1 The publication of No. 47 is but waiting for the first news which you will receive and wish to communicate to me as usual through the mail .2 This periodical pertains entirely to the American cause and the Commissioners. It is for this reason that it is in a position to appeal to the French public. I am with respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,
[signed] Genet
Premier commis des affaires etrangeres
1. The excerpt from William Heath's letter to JA of 14 May (above, see note 3) appeared in Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amérique, “Lettres,” vol. 10, cahier 46, p. ccxxxvi.
2. It is not known when or if JA sent { 273 } Genet any news for inclusion in No. 47, but at the end of that issue is a report, probably taken from an English newspaper, of the impending arrival of the Saratoga and the Spy with copies of the ratified Franco-American treaties (same, cahier 47, p. cccxviii–cccxx).

Docno: ADMS-06-06-02-0204

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Gerry, Elbridge
Date: 1778-07-09

To Elbridge Gerry

Passy, 9 July 1778. printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography , 4:149–150. Adams discussed Great Britain's shortsighted and self-defeating policy in refusing a just treaty and, as an example of Britain's self-deception and misunderstanding of America, pointed to a peace proposal, rejected out of hand, that sought to bribe American leaders by offering them peerages.

Docno: ADMS-06-06-02-0205

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Henry, Patrick
Date: 1778-07-09

To Patrick Henry

Passy, 9 July 1778. printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography , 4:153–154. Adams stated that Lee had attended to Henry's requests contained in a letter of 5 March (above). He wrote that the ratified Franco-American treaties had been received, approved the actions of the congress, reported the outbreak of war between France and Britain at sea, speculated on the prospect of a battle between the fleets of Estaing and Byron in American waters, questioned reports of the evacuation of Philadelphia, and commented on the reception of the Carlisle Commission and the attitude of the French toward the Commissioners and the American cause.

Docno: ADMS-06-06-02-0206

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Lovell, James
Date: 1778-07-09

To James Lovell

Passy, 9 July 1778. printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography , 4:148–149. Adams announced the arrival of dispatches from the congress, including the ratified Franco-American treaties and letters from Lovell. He commented on the outbreak of hostilities between Britain and France and the relative naval strength of each, the conflict between Prussia and Austria over Bavaria and its implications for the American cause, his progress in learning to speak French, and the large number of bills drawn on the Commissioners and his resulting anxiety over American finances.
He may have been troubled by the Accounts for 30 March–30 June (above), which showed that bills amounting to 257, 323.18.4 livres and signed by either John Hancock or Henry Laurens as president of the congress had been received by the Commissioners and ordered paid.
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