Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
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In this letter, read in Congress on 27 Nov., John Adams provided extracts from British
newspapers, including the text of Thomas Pownall's motion in the House of Commons
on 24 May permitting the King to undertake peace negotiations with the United States
to Unknown, 9 June
, above). Adams also included resolutions adopted on 19 May at a meeting of Dublin
merchants calling for an increased duty on refined sugar imported from England to
promote the Irish sugar manufactory, and recent actions taken by the Irish Parliament
on this and other matters. Finally, John Adams reported on the opening of the French
port of Vendres on the Mediterranean coast, near the Spanish border, and commented
on its usefulness for trade with the United States.