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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0063

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Jenings, Edmund
Date: 1781-11-29

To Edmund Jenings

[salute] Sir

I have recd your favours of 14 and 26. I thank you for the Extract, and hope you will discover by whom and to whom it was written. I dont See the Virtue nor the Wisdom, nor the Honour of writing Such Things to the English. It would be Sufficient, one should think to write them to America. However, just as they please. As long as they pursue with tryumphant success, the System, which was urged with so much Ardour as to give offence, I am very easy.
I thank you sir for your Care in sending me Receipts from the Prisoners Manley, Talbot, Field, Curtis, Bass, Savil, and Newcomb. The next time I send a Bill it shall not have my name upon it, which was unnecessarily done in this Case and against my Intention.
Pray put me into a safe Way of Writing to our Friends at Madrid.
I have, caused to be neatly bound, the first Volume of the Politique Hollandais, but have not yet found a Conveyance for it to you. The first that presents I will embrace.
We have no Mail from London, for a long time. I presume they will be kept back.
There will be much Noise in Parliament, but the Madmen will pursue their Course. Their Ennemies must have more Tryumphs yet, and themselves more Humiliations. We have yet more interesting News to hear before the Close of the Campain. The fate of Clinton and Graves, is not less problematical at present than that of Cornwallis was Six Weeks ago.
Civil Government is again established in Georgia and South Carolina, and I fancy all the southern states will have a quiet and a joyfull Winter.
Cornwallis has fared worse than Burgoine. What an Army has he sacrificed? Not less, I believe than, fifteen thousand Men. He comes I hope to take his Place among the Lords—it is very proper that America should have at least one Prisoner of War in each house of Parliament, while the English have one american a Prisoner of state in the Tower. When will the Folly and Absurdity of this nation have an End?
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General Greens Victory, near Charlestown, is very nearly as important in the Sum of Things, as the Capture of Cornwallis. The Cash which Cornwallis’s Army, will Spend in the Back Parts of Virginia, Maryland and Pensilvania, will be great Resource to the People. And all the Soldiers of that army who can work upon Farms or at any Kind of Trade, will be usefully employed for the united states and profitably for themselves.
Fine Crops in America and Paper Money abolished.1 Cash not scarce.

[salute] J.A.

1. JA paraphrases Cotton Tufts’ letter of 29 Oct. (Adams Family Correspondence, 4:239).

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0064

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Searle, James
Date: 1781-11-29

To James Searle

[salute] Dr sir

While you were at Sea I recd the inclosed dispatches with a desire to open them if you were absent, which I did, and read them with very great Pleasure.1 Mrs searle’s Letter I did not open you will receive it as I did.
I have received your kind Letter from L’orient.2 The dispatches for Congress are not now of Consequence, as Duplicates and Triplicates of them have arrived by Newman and Brown.3 You may burn them if you please, or let them lay in your Chest untill you return, but I beg you would observe a total silence about them.
I congratulate you, with great Joy on the surrender of York and Gloucester, Ld Cornwallis and his army. After this I think, We have nothing to fear.
If their H. M. would embrace this critical Moment to propose an Alliance with France and America, it would be the greatest Stroke of Policy, which they have struck this Century. But they are not to be depended on.
I have received Some very agreable dispatches from Congress of which you may hear in due time.4 They could not be better timed.

[salute] With much Esteem and respect, sir your most obedient & humb sert

[signed] J.A.
RC (PHi:Connarroe Papers); endorsed: “From Mr. Adams 19 Novr. 1781.”
1. For the enclosures, see JA to Searle, 20 Oct., and note 2, above.
2. Not found.
3. Capt. Joseph Newman of the Massachusetts privateer Gates carried JA’s letters to Congress dated 16 May (2d letter); 11, 14, 15 July; and 3 August. He reached Newburyport on 21 September. Capt. Moses Brown of the { 100 } Massachusetts privateer Minerva arrived at Cape Ann on or about 20 Oct. (vol. 11:317–319, 410–412, 418, 419–420, 436–438; Adams Family Correspondence, 4:216, 226, 239).
4. See JA to the Duc de La Vauguyon, 24 Nov., note 1, 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.