Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
Paris, March 4. 1780.. RC
in John Thaxter's hand (PCC
, No. 84, I, f. 303–306). printed
: Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 3:532–534; various American newspapers, including the Pennsylvania Gazette
of 17 May and the Boston Independent Chronicle
of 1 June.
With this letter, received by Congress on 15 May, John Adams enclosed the Mercure de France of this date, which contained an account of Rodney's victories over the Spanish on
8 and 16 Jan., and the relief of Gibraltar. Adams believed that Adm. Sir George Rodney's
success was due largely to luck and that, while providing the ministry with a momentary
lift, the victories had “added very little to their Riches or their Power.” They had
not dampened the volunteer movement in Ireland or the county association movement
in England, nor had they provided Britain with a Channel Fleet or quieted Dutch resentment
against British attacks on their commerce. Finally, he provided detailed information
on French naval vessels intended for America.