. The “Extracts” (of which JA
enclosed a copy in his own hand, now in MHi
:Cranch Papers, under date of 1781) were originally furnished by Edmund Jenings in
his letter to JA
from Brussels, 17 Sept.
). Jenings' letter devoted three of its six folio pages to two quotations from [Francis
Blackburne,] Memoirs of Thomas Hollis, Esq.
, London, 1780, a work in two large and elegant quarto volumes containing numerous
engravings. (On JA
and Hollis see index to JA's Diary and Autobiography
.) The first quoted passage from the Memoirs
, 1:400–401, relates to the publication and authorship and extols the substance of
's anonymous essays, originally published in the Boston Gazette
in 1765 and reprinted in London by Hollis in 1768 under the title Dissertation on the Canon and the Feudal Law.
It concludes with the text of a brief letter Hollis addressed to the Empress Catherine
of Russia in 1768, transmitting a passage from the Dissertation
in praise of the New England plan of education at public expense. The second passage
from the Memoirs
, 1:416–417, quoted in Jenings' letter is from a letter written by Hollis to the Boston
clergyman Andrew Eliot Sr., 10 May 1769, and deals chiefly with the qualifications
of a colonial agent, mentioning JA
as a person well qualified.