Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
[dateline] Braintree, 4 November 1779.
Replying to the president's letter of 20 Oct.
(above), John Adams acknowledged receiving his commissions and instructions and expressed
his appreciation of the high honor done him. In regard to his mission, Adams declared
that he was determined to “make no hesitation to accept it, and devote myself, without
Reserve, or loss of Time to discharge the Duties of it,” but warned that its success
depended upon receiving timely intelligence from the congress and avoiding premature
disclosure of his instructions. Finally, he reported that he would be sailing in eight
to ten days.