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John Adams to Thomas Jefferson

18 Jul. 1785

Dear Sir Grosvenor Square July 18th. 1785

Your favours of June 22d, and July 7 and 11th, are before me. The delay of Mr. Lamb’s Arrival is unfortunate, but I think with you that the sooner a project of Treaties is prepared the better, and I will give the earliest attention to it whenever you shall send it—I shall go this morning to Stockdale, to talk with him about sending you the news Papers, and Pamphlets through the Channell of Cleveland Row, c e, Lord Carmarthens office.

I agree with pleasure to the appointment made by the Dr. & you of Mr. Short, to carry the treaty through London to the Hague, and in joining Mr. Dumas with him in making the Exchange. A Letter to him and another to Mr. Dumas signed by you and me, as the Dr. is gone, would be sufficient Authority: But I shall have no objection of giving each of them a more formal Commission under our Hands and seals, to be our Secretaries specially pro hac Vice—He must carry our original Commission to shew to the Baron De Thulemeyer and a Copy of it attested by Colo. Humphries to deliver him and Mr. Dumas & he should see the Prussian Commission and receive an attested Copy of that. I do not think of any other Papers necessary.

I have given to Lord Carmarthen long ago, an Explanation of the power of Congress to form Treaties of Commerce exactly conformable to that which you gave the English Gentlen, but I did not extend it to the case of Consuls. He asked me no questions concerning Consuls, and I did not think it proper for me to say anything on that subject, not having any Instructions. But I am not easy on that head, Mr. Temple talks of going out in three or four weeks, but I am very apprehensive he will meet with the difficulties you foresee.

I will enquire about insuring, [...] 20.000 Livres on the Life of Mr. Houden—I have written to Mr. Frazier, the Under Secretary of State in Lord Carmathens Office concerning Dr. Franklins Baggage, have stated the Circumstance[s] as you State them to me, and have solicited the necessary Facilities. I hope for a favourable Answer—Truxton is to depart from hence on Thursday, and I will let him Know the answer I may have

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Yours sincerely

John Adams.

I dont like the symptoms galloway, deane, chalmers, watson are too much in favor the lottery for the tories although perhaps in inevitable has ben introduced with such pompous demonstrations of affection & approbation as are neither wise nor honest there is too much attention to the navy and there is another step which alarms my apprehensions hanoingver is joining prussia against the views of [the] two imperial courts at least in bavaria. keep this as secret as the grave but search it to the bottom where you are. does this indicate a doubt whether our business with de thulemeyer may be delayed? does it indicate a design in the British court to be neutral in order to be more at leisure to deal with us? can it be a secret understanding between Engld. & France Ruining if they can our carrying trade & annihilating all our navigation and sea men. is too apparent

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