. The date as written by Jenings appears to be “16,” but as JA
noted in his reply of 12 June
(below), the letter could not have been written then. JA
thought that it was probably written on the 10th, which also seems too late. It is
unlikely that Jenings' letter could have been carried the approximately three hundred
miles from Paris to Lorient in only two days; an examination of contemporary letters
sent from Paris indicates that they took from four to ten days. This fact, together
with Jenings' mention of the introduction of Lord North's third budget “last week”
— an event that occurred on 31 May — raises the possibility that Jenings inadvertently
placed a “I” before the “6,” suggesting a more likely date of 6 June.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.