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Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0104

Author: Jenings, Edmund
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-09-27

From Edmund Jenings

[salute] Sir

I have just this Moment receivd your Excellencys Letter of the 23d. Instant, it Honors and flatters me much and is a fresh Proof of your Excellencys Partiallity for me. Your Wishes that I was better known to my Countrymen proceeds from your Goodness to me—I well Know that you have taken every pains in your Power, that I should be so, but whether they are acquainted with me or not I shall serve them faithfully and affectionately.
I am happy to see the Massachusetts Constitution translate in all the foreign Papers—it must necessarily draw the Attention of Europe to the new Legislators. It must see with Admiration that the Science of Government, founded on the Nature of Man is so well understood in the New World. They will Confess that the English Know nothing of it, and if your Excellencys Recommendation is Attended to, the Americans will improve the very language of that haughty People.
I will press to have the Translation come out as Soon as possible and beg to have some Copies thereof.
I yesterday receivd a Letter from Mr. Carmichael of the 11th Instant—Things go Slowly there. He tells me I shall soon hear of an Agreable Change in a certain Quarter—I suppose He means Portugal.1
Give me leave to send to your Excellency a Couple of Letters to be transmitted to the Carolinas—I shall send them by Mr. Serle, whom I am told will pass through this Town in About ten days. I shall send too by him some Pamphlets, which your Excellency may make what Use of you please.2
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I flattered myself much when I saw Mr. Dana here that you woud soon return through this Town and have waited with much Impatience, however I shall set off tomorrow for my long intended Journey to Boulogne sur Mer. I shall be Absent About a fortnight.
I beg my best Respects to Mr. Dana.
I am Sir your Excellencys Most Faithful & Obedient Humble Servt.
[signed] Edm: Jenings
1. William Carmichael's letter has not been found, but in his letter of 9 Sept. to the Committee for Foreign Affairs, he had mentioned the report that Portugal was about to close its ports to all belligerent warships (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev., 4:51–54).
2. Neither the letters nor pamphlets to be carried by James Searle have been identified.

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0105-0001

Author: Luzac, Jean
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-09-27

From Jean Luzac

[salute] Monsieur

Vous faisant des remercîmens très-sincères des la communication, que vous avez eu la bonté de nous faire successivement de plusieurs Papiers intéressans, j'ai l'honneur de vous en renvoyer ici une partie, vous priant de permettre que je garde le reste encore quelques jours, parce que le tems ne m'a pas permis de les copier toutes à la fois, et que je me propose de les employer à mesure que la place le permettra. J'ai déjà pris Copie des deux Lettres de Philadelphie, dont je n'ai pu donner jusqu'ici l'Extrait au Public.1 Je me flatte, que vous agréerez l'usage que j'ai fait de ces différentes Pièces; et que les informations, qu'elles contiennent, serviront à détromper l'Europe de plusieurs fausses idées, qu'on lui a fait prendre sur l'état des affaires.
J'ai fait copier pour la presse la Brochure, que je tiens de votre main; et je compte, que l'impression pourra se commencer la semaine prochaine.
J'ai l'honneur d'être avec le plus grand respect, Monsieur, de Votre Excellence Le très-humble & très-obéissant Serviteur,
[signed] J: Luzac

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0105-0002

Author: Luzac, Jean
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-09-27

Jean Luzac to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

Our sincere thanks for your kindness in sending us several interesting documents. I have the honor to send you back a few, and of asking your permission to keep the rest for a few more days, because I did not have enough time to copy them all at once, and I intend to use them as space will permit. The two Philadelphia letters have already been copied, but I was unable to publish their extracts.1 I hope that you will approve of the { 184 } use I have made of these various pieces and that the information they contain will help rid Europe of a few of its misconceptions as to the state of things.
I had a copy made of the pamphlet you gave me for the press, and I am expecting that it will go to print next week.
I have the honor to be, with utmost respect, sir, your excellency's very humble and very obedient servant,
[signed] J: Luzac
1. Probably letters of 11 and 13 July from William Churchill Houston and Benjamin Rush, respectively (both above), that JA had sent to Luzac with his letter of 20 Sept. (LbC, Adams Papers). But see also JA's letters of 17 Sept. to William Churchill Houston, and 20 Sept. to Samuel Adams, Samuel Cooper, and Benjamin Rush (all above).
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.