Papers of John Adams, volume 18

To the Marquis of Carmarthen

To George Chapman

From John Adams to John Jay, 2 December 1785 Adams, John Jay, John
To John Jay
Dear Sir Grosvenor Square Westminster Decr. 2. 1785

Inclosed are Copies of private Letters, which have passed between Lord Carmarthen and me relative to the Appointment of Mr Anstey.1


The End of this Appointment, is to prevent Impositions upon the Commissioners, in ascertaining the Claims of the Loyalists. Mr. Anstey will have Occasion for Copies of publick Records, to which I suppose there can be no Objection in any State, and as his friendly Reception, will have a Tendency to Conciliation, I made no Scruple to promise to recommend him.

I might have written a Letter, to this purpose to the Honourable, the Delegates of each state and it is not from any Want of sufficient Respect to them, but merely for Want of Time, that I have not done it. I hope therefore that the Gentlemen will excuse it, and accept of this General Recommendation of Mr Anstey, to all the Members of Congress in the Execution of his Business.

To give the Loyalists facilities in procuring Evidence of their Losses, in order that they may be compensated by Great Britain, is to take away from them all reasonable Ground of Complaint so that I hope I Shall not be thought to have gone beyond my line, in so readily complying with his Lordships request.

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

John Adams

RC (PCC, No. 84, VI, f. 1–2); internal address: “His Excellency John Jay Esq. / Secretary of State for / foreign Affairs.” LbC (Adams Papers); APM Reel 111.


These are the Marquis of Carmarthen’s 30 Nov. letter (vol. 17:625) and JA’s 2 Dec. reply, above.