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Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0231-0002

Author: Lovell, James
Author: Continental Congress, Foreign Affairs Committee
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-12-12

Exctract from Foreign Affairs Committee Meeting Minutes

Congress took into Consideration the Report of the1 Committee on the Letter of June 26th. from the Honble. John Adams, whereupon
Ordered That the said Letter be referred to the Committee of foreign Affairs; and that they be instructed to inform Mr. Adams of the Satisfaction which Congress receives from his industrious Attention to the Interest and Honor of these United States abroad especially in the Transactions communicated to them by that Letter.
[signed] Extract from the Minutes
James Lovell
The content of all or some notes that appeared on this page in the printed volume has been moved to the end of the preceding document.
RC and enclosure (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Vote of Approbation Decr 12 1780 of my Transactions communicated in my Letter of June 26. 1780”; by John Thaxter: “Resolve Decr. 12 1780.” Three copies of the resolution, one by James Lovell and two by Charles Thomson, are in the Adams Papers. The Lovell copy probably accompanied this letter, for a comparison of the endorsements on the two Thomson extracts with those on James Lovell's letter of 14 Dec. (below) and a later one consisting of duplicates of the letters of 12 and 14 Dec. (Adams Papers) makes it likely that they were enclosed with those letters.
1. At this point the extracts by Charles Thomson read: “Committee to whom was referred the Letter.” This is the only difference, other than in punctuation, between the Lovell and Thomson extracts.

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0232

Author: Digges, Thomas
Author: Church, William Singleton
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-12-12

From Thomas Digges

[salute] Dear Sir

All your favours to the 27 ultimo and particularly that with a disagreeable inclosure came safe to hand,1 and I should be glad to know the parcells I forward get safe. I have attended regularly to your order, and they go by every post.
I have no news to relate to you. Were I to attempt to describe the present dispositions and folly of us Englishmen it would fill pages. The opinion that America is ours again is now so universally prevalent that a person almost gets insulted who indicates a doubt of it. The malevolent and insulting language now held by a very great majority of this Country towards honest Americans or those who avowedly espouse their Cause is beyond all belief. Things here are getting fast to an extremity which philanthrophy would wish to avoid. But thus it ever was in similar cases. I had no notion that we Englishmen corrupted as we are, should so soon become a society of Devils—for literally we are little Better. I dayly pray it was in my power to quit it { 409 } forever. Were it not direful necessity that keeps me here I would very soon quit it for a better clime.
Every opinion is that you Hollanders will truckle to, and do nothing hostile to the interests of this Country, and we look upon Your joining the northern leagued neutrality as nothing materially affecting the Interests of Great Britain.
Give me a line as heretofore and intimate what is novel as to your Provinces acting hostily or otherwise with regard to this Country.
I dont find the friend You lately wrote to and about possess's any other Commission than what was first intimated.2 Some late manoeuveres has for a time shut out communication between Us. All friends are well as the present intemperate season will admit and join me in good wishes to you.
Compliments to a late Traveller from hence3 and tell him some few things left behind in his Lodgings at Norfolk Street have been forwarded on by me. I wrote him a line last post, and should be glad to hear from Him.
I am with great regard Yours
[signed] S:C.W
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “A Monsieur Monsr. Ferdinand Raymond San Chez Monsr. Henri Schorn Amsterdam”; endorsed: “Church.”; docketed by CFA: “Decr. 12th 1780.”
1. The letter with the “disagreeable inclosure” may be that of 17 Nov., which has not been found, but see Digges' letter of 8 Nov. [i.e. Dec.] (above).
2. Henry Laurens; see JA's letter of 19 Nov. (above).
3. This may be the person that according to Digges' letter of 8 Nov. [i.e. Dec.] (above), left London for Europe and was “now a fellow Citizen of yours.” He is identified as Leendert de Neufville in Digges, Letters, p. 340.
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.