Papers of John Adams, volume 12

To Job Field and Others

To the President of Congress

To Edmund Jenings, 24 October 1781 JA Jenings, Edmund To Edmund Jenings, 24 October 1781 Adams, John Jenings, Edmund
To Edmund Jenings
Amsterdam Octr. 24th 1781 Sir

I have never answered your favor of August 22d.

As to the Letters inclosed, I can say nothing.1 I cannot advise your Friend to take much Trouble about the Affair, because I think Congress will not be able to attend much to such things until the War is over. It is wholly out of my department, and I can do nothing in it, unless it be to inclose these or any other proposals to my Constituents. I rather think however that Congress would not enter into any Treaty of such a Nature with a British Subject. They are for cutting off every Fibre that ever did or ever can serve as a Ligament between the two Countries, until the English shall come to their Senses, which will not be before the day of Judgment.

Inclosed is a Bill for ten Guineas, two of which are intended for each of the Persons to whom the Letter is addressed2 who are Prisoners in Mill Prison, Job Field, Briant Newcomb, Samuel Curtis, Jeriah Bass, Ed Savil poor fellows! Your Care of the Letter and the Bill will much oblige, Sir, your humble Servt.

J. Adams

Pray is the Abby Reynal at Brussels?3

RC in John Thaxter’s hand (Adams Papers). LbC (Adams Papers).


The enclosures, a 17 Aug. letter from Edward Bridgen to Jenings and Bridgen’s note of the same date, concerned a scheme to supply Congress with copper blanks from which coins could be minted; see vol 11:466.


The passage from this point through “Ed Savil” was interlined by JA and does not appear in the Letterbook.


In the Letterbook, immediately below this sentence, JA wrote “After writing the above I.”