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John Adams to Elbridge Gerry

6 Jul. 1785

My dear Friend Grosvenor Square Westminster July 6. 1785

The inclosed Letters I Sent to Mr Jay in Cypher, but as the Conversations with the King and Queen have been reported by Lord Carmarthen and the Lord and Ladies in waiting on the Queen, and are become generally known, there is no longer a Necessity of So much Mystery, yet you must be Sensible of the Delicacy of the Subject, and therefore communicate them with Discretion and in Confidence. if Mr Jay Should not have recd the originals in Cypher you may communicate \deliver/ these to him when you see him but I make no doubt he will receive them.

The Dispositions of the Ministry, are either very deceitful or very good, but they are watched and embarrassed by oppositions of various Parties, that it will at least be long before they venture on any Thing decisive. They may do Something to the Purpose sooner than I expect, but I see no present hope. I am much afraid there will be a necessity that the People of all the States Should follow the Example at Faneuil Hall But it cannot be too earnestly recommended to them to consider Persons and Property as Sacred. There is no Necessity of violating either. Petition of the People to their Assemblies and Instructions from them to Congress will be Sufficient for all good Purposes.

With great Esteem, your Friend & Servant


John Adams

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