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Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0021

Author: Jenings, Edmund
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-07-27

From Edmund Jenings

[salute] Sir

I received by yesterdays Post your Excellencys Additions to your Answer to certain Pamphlets,1 All of which I will take Care to Convoy to England—but they are of such Importance, that I shall be careful to whom, they are Trusted, and therefore may perhaps wait a little while, before I find a Convenient Opportunity. I have read them with much pleasure and shall do it Again with great Attention, before I Send them; Agreably, I assure myself, to your Excellencys Wishes.
Your Excellency will be pleased not to talk of giving me trouble and of your not Knowing how I can be requited for what I do. Your Excellency puts me in the way of serving the Cause of Liberty and Virtue, and that is Ample Reward and demands of me my most particular Thanks to you. I would serve my Country in a public and open Manner, if she wanted me by not having better Men, but for my own Comfort, I had rather do it in a private Manner. I Know the Misery of Ostensible Charaters and I am affraid your Excellency does so too. But it is Ones Duty to Act for the public in Any and every Capacity, and whatever happens the Conscience of doing for the best in a Glorious Cause will support your Excellency through all your Trials. May God of his Infinite Goodness, I Speak piously as well as politically, Assist your Excellency in all your Endeavours to Serve the Cause of private and public Happiness.
I think there is no doubt of the Junction of the Spanish and the French Squadron in the West. By Accounts from Holland Greaves must be much behind Monsr. Ternay or Else.
I was fearful that my Letters were Stopped—but I find my particular Friend has been ill which Accounts for his not writing.
I am Sir your Excellencys Most Faithful & Obt Hble Servt
[signed] E. Freeman
Your Excellency will be pleased to turn over.
P.S. The inclosd is a Copy of what was sent to Holland last Monday2 which I shall be Happy Your Excellency did not Object to.
I think your Excellency will have Seen the enclosd print papers3—but I cannot help sending them, least they should have Escaped your Excellencys Notice.
RC and two enclosures (Adams Papers). The first enclosure (see note 2) was likely the first of two very similar drafts in Edmund Jenings' hand: the first, unen• { 53 } dorsed, is dated “July 10 1780”; the second, endorsed by JA: “Mr. Jennings's Letter,” is undated. The two were filmed under the dates of 10 July 1780 and [Dec.? 1780], Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reels 352, 353. The second enclosure (see note 3) was a newspaper clipping.
1. This was JA's brief covering letter of 22 July (Adams Papers), enclosing the final portion of his reply to Joseph Galloway's Cool Thoughts. For that letter, see Jenings' letter of 21 July, note 3 (above).
2. This is likely the proposed newspaper piece mentioned in Jenings' letter of 21 July (above). Jenings' purpose in writing for a Dutch audience was to counter British reports of Clinton's capture of Charleston and thereby allay Dutch fears regarding the fate of the revolution in America. Jenings minimized the importance of Clinton's victory, declaring that its prominence in the British press reflected the ministry's need to divert attention from problems at home, notably the Gordon Riots. The capture of Charleston would benefit the British no more than their previous occupation of Boston, Newport, and Philadelphia; and, despite British claims to the contrary, loyalist support was no more enthusiastic or widespread in South Carolina than it had been in other conquered areas. JA's influence is evident from Jenings' borrowings from JA's comments on the capture of Charleston in his letter of 18 July (above), and on British distrust of their loyalist allies in “Letters from a Distinguished American,” [ante 14–22 July], No. II, 5th par., above). It is not known whether Jenings' article was published, but see his letter of 7 Aug., and note 3 (below).
3. The second enclosure was a clipping from the General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer of 20 July, containing a report on the Hussey-Cumberland negotiations in Spain and the prediction that they were unlikely to be successful.

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0022-0001

Author: Chavagnes, Bidé de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-07-28

From Bidé de Chavagnes

[salute] Mon cher monsieur

Occupé de vous, de mrs. Dena, taxter, de vos chers enfants et de tout cequi vous interesse par continuation, je suis bien aise D'avoir lhonneur de vous demander des nouvelles de vos santés qui m'interessent bien fort, et de vous donner des miennes auxquelles vous avez la bonté de vous interesser.1 Je me suis toujours assez bien porté depuis notre depart de brest du 13 de ce mois. Après une belle navigation de 8 jours nous sommes arrives comme par un miracle au ferol, car l'armée angloise qui sest divisée dans notre golphe profite des bons vents de la saison pour se porter partout. Elle a fait relacher un de nos vaisseaux a 3 ponts a st andero,2 et depuis 8 jours que nous sommes icy les vigies ont eus connoissance de 22 vaisseaux sur finistere dabord et depuis 2 jours sur ortegal. Le vaisseau ou je suis etant le plus mauvais marcheur de tous nos vaisseaux il est bien heureux de leurs avoir echappées. Nous avons eu de la brume et cotoyés plus de 20 lieues de la coste despagne. Nous sommes icy nombreuse compagnie reunis, 3 vaisseaux francois,3 2 espagnols un 3e. qui se prepare 4 fregattes, et un convoy de 60 batiments marchands dont la sortie et l'arrivée surtout seroint bien interessantes { 54 } pour nos colonies, mais risquer cela dans ce moment seroit je crois bien perilleux. Nous avons envoyés une fregatte a la decouverte de ces mrs. mais quoyquelle marche bien, je crains bien fort pour elle. Nous aurions grand besoin dun bon coup de vent du Sud ouest, ou bien de la visite de notre armée de cadix sur cette coste. Car je ne scay pas trop d icy a la fin D'aout comment nous ferons pour nous tirer du ferol et passer le cap de finistere une flotte comme cellecy occupe 4 ou 5 lieües de terrain. Il est difficile de n estre pas vu quand on est attendu et veillés par de petits batiments qui viennent icy jusqu'a lentrée. Comme ils marchent bien ils se moquent de nous. Jay deja bien renouvellés mes connoissances au ferol. Jay peur dy rester assez de temps pour my bien ennuyer cequi m arrive deja, mais je mange et couche toujours a bord. Le pays, et vous le scavez bien et moy aussi est trop cher. Mrs. le commandant du ferol, les consuls de la corogne et d'icy se portent bien et mont bien demandés de vos nouvelles. Nous etions destinés pour aller a cadix. Si vous vouliez my avanturer une lettre et my donner vos commissions cela me flatteroit beaucoup.4 Nous n'avons icy pour le present aucunes nouvelles interessantes. Il y fait de si grandes chaleurs que je suis tout en eau en vous ecrivant. Je vous souhaite bien de la santé ainsi qu'a tous nos chers alliés de votre famille et autres. Continuez moy vos souvenirs et amitiés, ne doutez point des sentiments sinceres du respectueux attachement avec lequel jay l honneur d estre pour la vie Mon cher monsieur Votre tres humble et tres obeissant serviteur
[signed] Bidé de chavagnes
capne. des vaux. du roy de france
Si vous voyez monsieur de sartines je vous prierois de luy offrir mon profond respect.
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.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/