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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0132-0002

Author: Raynal, Guillaume Thomas François, Abbé
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-01-18

Abbé Raynal to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

Mr. Jenings forwarded your letter of 5 January to me with the Dutch translation of the Révolution de l’Amérique.
I am relieved that you were not displeased with the little I said about you. Better informed, I would have been more elaborate, but I did not know enough to state anything more than general points.
If your time allows you to read carefully what I wrote about North America, perhaps you could do me the favor of pointing out any errors that I might have made.1 I honor your talents, and have respect and admiration for your character. These sentiments will assure you of my obedience.

[salute] I have the honor to be with respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant

[signed] Raynal
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “A Monsieur Monsieur J Adams à Amsterdam”; endorsed by John Thaxter: “Abbé Raynal. 18th. Jany. 1782.”
1. See On the Abbé Raynal’s Révolution de l’Amérique, 22 Jan., below.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.