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Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0058-0001

Author: Luzac, Jean
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-08-31

From Jean Luzac

[salute] Monsieur

J'ai l'honneur de vous renvoyer ci-joint les Papiers, que vous aviez eu la bonté de nous communiquer; et vous verrez par l'Exemplaire ci-joint de notre Gazette de Mardi dernier l'usage que j'en ai fait.1 Je vous suis infiniment obligé de l'attention, que vous nous avez témoignée à cet égard; et vous me trouverez toujours prêt à vous prouver tout le cas que je fais des Pièces, que vous nous commiquerez. Quant à la Constitution de Massachusett's-Bay, j'aurois été
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charmé de pouvoir être le premier à la donner au Public; mais il y a trois mois que le Courier du Bas-Rhin en a publié le commencement: Et aujourd'hui je vois, que la Gazette Françoise d'Amsterdam en a déjà inséré une grande partie, d'où celle d'Utrecht a déjà commencé à la copier. Cependant je serois bien-aise d'en avoir l'Original.
Mes Père et Oncle me chargent de vous présenter leurs devoirs;2 et j'ai l'honneur d'être avec les sentimens les plus respectueux, Moieur, de votre Excellence Le très-humble et très-obéissant serviteur,
[signed] J: Luzac

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0058-0002

Author: Luzac, Jean
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-08-31

Jean Luzac to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I have the honor to return to you the enclosed papers, which you were kind enough to send me, and you can see from the enclosed gazette of last Tuesday the use that I made of them.1 I am infinitely obliged for the attention that you have paid to me in this regard and you will always find me ready to consider anything that you may communicate. As to the constitution of Massachusetts Bay, I would have been delighted to have been the first to publish it, but three months ago the Courier du Bas-Rhin published the first part of it and I see that today the French gazette of Amsterdam has published a lengthy section, which the gazette at Utrecht has already begun to copy. Nevertheless, I would be very pleased to have the original.
My father and uncle have directed me to present their regards2 and I have the honor to be, sir, with the utmost respect, your excellency's most humble and most obedient servant.
[signed] J. Luzac
1. For the items printed by Luzac in the Gazette de Leyde of 29 Aug., see JA's letter of 22 Aug., and note 2 (above).
2. Luzac's father was Jean Luzac, former rector of a gymnasium at The Hague; his uncle was Etienne Luzac, who had retired in 1775 as editor of the Gazette de Leyde, leaving the younger Jean Luzac in control (Nieuw Ned. Biog. Woordenboek, 1:1290).

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0059

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Luzac, Jean
Date: 1780-09-01

To Jean Luzac

[salute] Sir

I have received a Copy of the Constitution of the Massachusetts of which I beg your Acceptance. It has not yet been published in Europe, as it now appears accepted by the Convention, altho the Report of the Committee, was printed in the Courier de L'Europe, Some Months ago, and in the Remembrancer, as well as the Newspapers in London.1
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I find many Gentlemen here are inquisitive, concerning the American Forms of Government: So that if you could find room to print it, by Small Portions at a Time in your Paper, you would not only gratify the Curiosity of many of your Readers, but perhaps do a public Service to a Cause, which is honoured with your Approbation.
To tell you the Truth, as I had Some share in the formation of this Constitution, I am ambitious of Seeing it translated by the Editor of the Leyden Gazette, which without a Compliment I esteem the best both in Point of Style and Method in Europe. I have the Honour to be, Sir your most obedient servant
[signed] John Adams
1. For the appearance of portions of the Report in the London newspapers and The Remembrancer, see Thomas Digges' letter of 14 April to JA, and note 2 (above); and for Luzac's printing of the constitution as adopted, see his letter of 14 Sept., note 3 (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, 2014.
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