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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0034

Author: Jenings, Edmund
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-10-28

From Edmund Jenings

[salute] Sir

I trouble your Excellency with This to inform your Excellency, that I receved this Day the Bill of £10. on London to be applied to the Relief of five poor American Citizens. I shall write to my Friend for that purpose by the next Post. But shall not send the Bill yet, as I see that it appears on the face of it, that the value of it was paid by your Excellency, whose Name, however honored by the virtuous part of Mankind, is alarming to Tyrants, and those, who are immediately under their rod. Your Excellency Knows that the vengeance of disappointed Ambition will carry the base minded to the utmost Lengths, and that there is hardly a Man in England, who is not now under a Terror of it. My Friend is considered as an Obnoxious Man, and is therefore forced to Act with more than ordinary Prudence. I shall consider the necessity He is under of doing so, but the poor fellows Shall have immediate Relief.
The Abbé Raynal has been in this City. I have not heard of Him lately, but will make particular Enquiries about Him, and inform your Excellency of the Result of them.
I Hear there is a late Arrival from America, which Says that Cornwallis after leaving a Force at Portsmouth had marched to the South Side of James River.
Mrs Izard is gone to and is arrivd at Paris.
We shall have tomorrow three Mails due. I find that altho the Wind has been fair, it has been too high for the Packet boats to venture.

[salute] I am with the greatest Respect Sir your Excellencys Most Faithful & Obedient Humble Servt

[signed] Edm: Jenings

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0035

Author: Johnson, Joshua
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-10-30

From Joshua Johnson

[salute] Sir

I am this day honord with your polite favour of the 20 Idem covering two Letters one for the President of Congress and the other for Major Jackson,1 the first will go forward this day by the Sally Cap Worth for Rhode Island, the other shall be sent so soon as I can find out where Major Jackson is. You say there is no News but that of { 58 } Commodore Gillon and that I must have heard off, this is Sublime to me as I have heard not a word about him and now fear something is not well. We are extreamly anxious for some Arrivals from America, that we may have a full detail of the glorious News brought by the Media2 and the addition of Conwallaus surrender with his whole Army, a consequence that in my opinion must follow from his Situation. I expect two Vessells every moment which I know was ready, should they fortunately get in I will do myself the honor to write you immediately in the meantime I am with sincere esteem & respect Sir, Your most Obedt. Hbl. Servt.
[signed] Joshua Johnson
1. See JA to James Searle, 20 Oct., note 3, above.
2. For the news brought by the British frigate Medea, see Edmund Jenings' letter of 20 Oct., note 6, above.
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