Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
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Paris, 27 May 1780. RC
, No. 84, II, f. 78–80). LbC
in John Thaxter's hand (Adams Papers
; notation by Thaxter: “NB. Nos. 67, 68, 69, 70, 71, 72, 73 were delivered to Come.
Gillon on the 30th. May, with several packets of Newspapers & private Letters.” printed
: Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
In this letter, read in Congress on 11 Sept., John Adams noted the extensive writings
by Americans in the 1760s and 1770s on the application of the British Constitution
to the constituent parts of the empire. In his view, these writings had played a significant
role in the American Revolution and were behind recent events in Ireland. He then
inserted the text of an article from the London General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer
of 13 May, regarding petitions from several districts in India calling for relief
from the extraordinary powers assumed by English colonial judges. Adams declared that
he was not surprised by this evidence of unrest and predicted that the continuation
of the war would produce additional protests, for Britain held India “by a slender
Thread and by the good Will only of a few Individuals.” He also enclosed a copy of
Edmund Jenings' dialogue between William Pitt and Charles Yorke, part of which had
been included in Jenings' letter of 5 March