is a draft, written in detached parts, with the several parts marked by symbols to
indicate their final order. RC
, No. 84,1), in Thaxter's hand, with a formal leavetaking and signature added by JA
, is endorsed by Thomson: “No. 3 Letter from John Adams Bilbao Jany. 16 1780 Read
This is the first of the remarkable series of dispatches reporting on the political,
diplomatic, commercial, military, and naval affairs of most of the nations of western
Europe, often accompanied by newspapers and copies of innumerable documents, with
nearly overwhelmed Congress during the first months of his second mission to Europe.
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, 2014.