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Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0054-0001

Author: Jenings, Edmund
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-06-06

From Edmund Jenings

[salute] Sir

I recievd yesterday your Excellencys Letter of the 1st Instant. I am sorry to hear that your Excellency is sick in Body your Heart is am sure not so, I see that is sound by all your Actions.
I sent your Excellency a Receipt from one of our unfortunate Countryman in prison; If I remember right Mr Sawrey wrote on it, recommending to your Charity 7 of those, who were releivd in March last: Their Names are Lewis Glover Jer: Bass Samuel Curtis Ths Vinton, Gregory and Samuel Clark and W. Horton.1 I wait your Excellencys order thereon.
My Friend B2 informed me about a week or ten Days Ago that He had had an Anonymous Letter sent Him to Caution Mr Lawrens against Your Excellency. I wrote immediately to Him to transmit it to me, He has sent the Copy thereof to Mr Lawrens. He tells me it { 99 } came by the foreign Mail—I shall enquire whether He can discover from what Country. The wretches are at their Dirty work—perhaps Mr Ridley may know the Hand. La Voici.3
I sent in the Course of last week, four Letters for Mr Lawrens under Cover to your Excellency, I have another for Him from London, which I shall keep until further orders.
I am Happy to hear that Mr Dana and his Companion have an opportunity of seeing respectable Company. However I like not the Court at present.
A Courier from England for France past through ostend 8 days ago.
Allair, who was put into the bastill sometime ago, makes frequent visits in Holland.4 He ought to be watchd. I am well assured that He has a Pension from the English King, paid by his Minister here.
I am with the greatest Consideration, Sir Your Excellencys, Most Obedient Humble Servant,
[signed] Edm: Jenings
RC and enclosure (Adams Papers); enclosure endorsed: “Receiv'd May 17: 1782 by the foreign Mail EB.”
1. The seven prisoners listed here were of special interest to JA because all were the sons of his Braintree neighbors. For JA's previous correspondence with Jenings regarding their relief, see vol. 12:249–250, 371–372, 382–383.
2. Edward Bridgen.
3. Here it is. For this and other anonymous letters that Henry Laurens came to believe were the work of Edmund Jenings, see Monitor to JA, 20 May, note 1, above. JA received this letter and its enclosure on 7 June, for when he went to Amsterdam on the 8th he followed Jenings' advice and showed the enclosure to Matthew Ridley. Ridley includes a summary of the anonymous letter in his journal (MHi) but gives no indication that he recognized the handwriting. JA also apparently was unable to identify the handwriting, but for his opinion regarding the letter's source, see his reply to Jenings of 7 June, below.
4. For an earlier mention by Jenings of Peter Allaire, a New York merchant and British agent, see vol. 12:26–27, 28, and references there.

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0054-0002

Recipient: Bridgen, Edward
Date: 1782-05-03

Enclosure: An Anonymous Letter to Edward Bridgen

[salute] Sir

You have a friend who has suffer'd too much from the particular situation he was in lately, not to interest every honest man in his behalf to prevent his being the dupe of artifice, he has already been ill treated from a quarter unlookd for, and the same game is Continued to answr the end first proposed—Amcan. ministers in Europe have various politicks to pursue, and some of them understand best those that can serve their interest—Adams envious of every superior merit has much labour'd clandestinely in injuring Franklin and Laurens to secure his Situation and answer further ends, and by the means he has used, has perhaps succeeded better than in serving the interest of his country here, where his business has been done by others, for however great his abilities as a lawyer—they are the reverse as a Minister—be discreet in giving Mr. Laurens a Caution from that quarter, and at another time you shall be apprized of the secret of a Conduct which is every way base and dishonourable.
[signed] XXX
RC and enclosure (Adams Papers); enclosure endorsed: “Receiv'd May 17: 1782 by the foreign Mail EB.”
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