Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
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Paris, 28 May 1780. LbC
in John Thaxter's hand (Adams Papers
). Although a letter from John Adams of 28 May was read in Congress on 11 Sept. (JCC
, 18:817), no letter of that date is in the PCC
. Notations on the Letterbook copies of Adams' letters of 1
June (Nos. 75 and 80, calendared, below) indicate, however, that the original and
a duplicate were sent off on 1 and 23 June respectively.
This letter included a digest of British newspaper reports concerning the appointment
of Adm. Francis Geary to command the Channel fleet, the long delayed departure of
Adm. Graves' and Como. Walsingham's squadrons for America, the reported dispatch from
Havana of a Franco-Spanish fleet for an attack on Pensacola, the situation of the
French and Spanish fleets in the West Indies, and the uncertain state of Rodney's
health. John Adams devoted the most space, however, to an extract from a letter by
the Russian ambassador at Istanbul to his counterpart at The Hague. The Russian diplomat
refuted rumors of an impending Russo-Turkish war, emphasizing instead that Russo-Turkish
relations had rarely been better and that Ottoman policy clearly favored the interests
of the European neutrals.