[dateline] Paris May 16th. 1780
Your kind favor of 26th. Feby. was sent me by Mr. John Hodshon of Amsterdam, whom
I shall request to convey You this. You can't imagine how much pleasure this Letter
gave me. I should be obliged to You to write me and desire Mrs. Adams, and my friends
to write by every Vessel to Amsterdam and Spain. The Newspaper inclosed was very agreeable.
I have procured the Account of Captain Water's glorious Cruise, to be translated and
published, and it will be published in the English papers, and all the papers of Europe.
It does him and Us much Honor.
You could not have gratified me more, than by the Account of the proceedings of Convention.
The Report of the Committee is publishing in the Courier de L'Europe, and is well
The Liberality on the Subject of Religion, does Us infinite Honor and is admired
and applauded every where. It is considered not only as an honest and pious Attention
to the unalienable Rights of Conscience, but as our best and most refined Policy,
tending to conciliate the Good Will of all the World, preparing an Asylum, which will
be a sure Remedy against persecution in Europe, and drawing over to our Country Numbers
of excellent Citizens.2
From your Account I flatter myself we shall have a good Government. Two Armaments
have sailed—one from Brest the 2d. May, Eight Ships of the Line and four thousand
Men, with a fine Train of Artillery. Another from Cadiz of 12 Ships of the Line and
12,000 Men, with another Train of Artillery on the 28th. April. Accounts from the
West Indies at the same time are very favorable.
One would think without some Uncommon Misfortune, these Armaments must tend to bring
the English to Reason. My Regards to Mrs. Smith and the Family. I am &c.