Papers of John Adams, volume 9

To Edmund Jenings

To the President of Congress, No. 89

To Edmund Jenings, 5 July 1780 JA Jenings, Edmund


To Edmund Jenings, 5 July 1780 Adams, John Jenings, Edmund
To Edmund Jenings
Dr. sir June i.e. July 5. 1780 1

In the 116 page of the inclosed Mercury, you will find the Strictures upon Lord G. Germaines nonsense. I dont see them in the English Papers. I suppose no Printer dares insert them. But I Swore they shall be seen, and therefore I beg you to get them inserted in the Leyden or Amsterdam or the Hague Gazette or all three. If it cant be done without pay let them be paid. I will repay in a moment. If these appear, I will send those upon Conways, which have been also printed in the Mercury.

I care more about the sentiments of the rest of Europe, than the English.

RC (Adams Papers;) filmed at 5 June, Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 352.


The date is clearly an inadvertence because the enclosed copy of the Mercure de France was of 17 June and Jenings replied to this letter on 9 July (below). For JA's replies to the speeches by Lord George Germain and Gen. Henry Seymour Conway on 5 May in the House of Commons mentioned in this letter, see JA's letters of 17 and 28 May to Edmé Jacques Genet (both above). For Genet's publication of them in the Mercure, see notes 1 and 3 to each letter.