Papers of John Adams, volume 13

To Robert R. Livingston

From Matthew Ridley

From Edmund Jenings, 19 September 1782 Jenings, Edmund JA From Edmund Jenings, 19 September 1782 Jenings, Edmund Adams, John
From Edmund Jenings
Brussells, Septr. 19. 1782 Sir

I inclose herewith some Slips which came to Hand by the last Mail.1

A Letter from Mr L of the 7th Instant has the following Paragraph.

I have had the Honour of corresponding with Mr Adams, All is well, it could not be otherwise it cannot be otherwise, when Men are not determined to be Knaves or Fools.2

I am Happy to find Mr L satisfied with your Excellencys Conduct towards Him. I have sent the Copies of the Commissions to Paris to be delivered to Him should He pass through that City, but this does not seem probable, He having desired me to write to Him at Calais post restante. He means to avoid Paris if possible.

I have the Honour of being Sir your Excellencys Most Obedient Humble Servt. Edm: Jenings

RC (Adams Papers).


These were JA's “Letters from a Distinguished American” and may have included those published in Parker's General Advertiser and Morning Intelligencer on 30 Aug. and 3 and 11 Sept. (vol. 9:550–553, 574–578, 571–574).


For Laurens' 7 Sept. letter and the use that he and Edmund Jenings made of it in the course of their dispute over the anonymous letters, see Laurens, Papers , 16:289.