Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
In this letter, received by Congress on 31 July and read on 1 Aug., John Adams, using
information in British newspapers, analyzed the events leading to Rodney's victory
over the Spanish and his relief of Gibraltar. He then described resolutions taken
by an Assembly at Dublin on 22 Feb., which called on Irish legislators to deny the
right of the British Parliament to legislate for Ireland. Adams believed that this
and similar disputes were evidence of the British Empire's decline.