Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To Mercy Otis Warren

From Joseph Willard

John Jay to John Adams, 13 December 1784 Jay, John Adams, John
From John Jay
Dear Sir Trenton 13 Decr. 17841

One of these Days I shall devote a Leisure Hour to forming a Cypher, and will send it to You by the first good Conveyance that may afterwards offer. at present I am engaged on many Committees, so that my attendance on them and on Congress, keeps me fully employed. I observe with Pleasure that in this Congress there appears to be good Talents & good Dispositions. none of their more important measures are as yet matured, but I flatter myself they will act wisely.

The Marqs. returns well satisfied— he has recd. many Marks of Respect, and I believe very sincere ones. I think his Representations will be fair and honest; and I wish his Court may never recieve any advices respecting us but of that Description. I find that the Chevr. de la Luzern stands well here, and is esteemed— it is to be hoped that his Successor may be a man who will think it his Interest as well as his Duty to deserve well of both Countries.

I am happy that the interfering Claims of Massachusets and 465 NYork are in a way to be settled— we shall then coalesce, and be more and more assimelated— Your Delegation is a good one—

My Compts. to your Lady & Family— Mr Laurens is gone to Carolina— present my Respects to Mr Jefferson—

I am Dear Sir / your afft. & obt. Servt

John Jay—

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excy. Mr Adams—”


Jay also wrote to Benjamin Franklin on this date, for which see JA’s 31 Jan. 1785 letter to Elbridge Gerry, and note 1, below.