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John Jebb to John Adams

20 Dec. 1785

dr. Sir Parlt. Street 20 Dec —85.

I have been prevented from paying my respects to you hitherto by y[thorn sign]e feeble State I have been in for some time—I am now still further prevented by an operation on my leg. But I cannot help referring you to a publication intitled Observations on a late publication intituled thoughts on executive Justice printed for Cadell in the Strand & Faulder in New Bond street—which must please you—if the work fails y[thorn sign]e letter at the End will gratify—but both are admirable—Eden has made a poor piece of work of it—& if he continues to go on, as he began—I shall not repine—Mr. Pitt & he alone of all y[thorn sign]e Cabinet negotiated y[thorn sign]e dark transaction—

Mrs Jebb joins me in every expression of respect & good will to Mrs Adams & Miss Adams & I remain truly yrs

John Jebb

I beg respects to Col. Smith.—I shuld wish to see yr servt. agn. if convenient at y[thorn sign]e same House as before—

RC (MHi: Adams Papers).
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