Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To the President of Congress

From Thomas Barclay

John Adams to Edmund Jenings, 13 May 1784 Adams, John Jenings, Edmund
To Edmund Jenings
Dear Sir The Hague 13 May. 17841

I have received your Letter with the Copy inclosed,2 which has affected me too tenderly, to write any other Answer at present than this, that I have ever vindicated your Character as far as lay in my Power, from the Suspicion of having written that anonimous Libel the only case that I have ever heard of, in which it was endangered: and that I Shall ever continue to vindicate it, because I believe you as innocent of it, as an Angel in Heaven, and as incapapable of Such a Baseness.

With great Esteem, I have the Honour to be / Sir your most obedient and most humble / Servant

LbC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Edmund Jennings Esq.”; APM Reel 107.


This is JA’s last extant letter to Jenings. For Jenings’ final letter to JA, see that of 23 June, and note 1, below.


Of 7 May, above.