. A second letter of this date to the president of Congress, with the text and signature
in John Thaxter's hand (PCC
, No. 84, II, f. 223–229) is designated a “Duplicate,” dated “Paris August 14th. 1780,”
and docketed: “No. 100 John Adams Paris. Aug. 14. 1780 Read Decr. 26.” A Letterbook
copy in John Thaxter's hand is the final letter recorded in Lb/JA/12 (Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 100) and bears the notations by Thaxter: “No. 100” and “NB. Sept. 12th.
1780. This day delivered to Mr. Dana to convey to Amsterdam Duplicates of Nos. 91.
92. 93. 94. 95. 96. 97. 98. 99 and the original of No. 100.” This letter has not been
printed because its text consists of English translations of the same Danish and Swedish
declarations found in JA
's letter from Amsterdam. The translations, however, are from a different source from
those in the Amsterdam letter and likely represent a coincidental effort by Thaxter
and Dana to collect useful intelligence for Congress in JA
's absence. Upon finishing the original, duplicate, and Letterbook copies of the letter,
Thaxter dispatched the duplicate and sent JA
the original for his signature.