Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
Paris, 20 May 1780.
partly in John Thaxter's hand (PCC
, No. 84, II, f. 63– 69).
partly in Thaxter's hand (Adams Papers
In the recipient's copy the account of Conway's speech is in John Adams' hand, while
the criticism of the speech is in Thaxter's. In the Letterbook the portions by Thaxter
and Adams are reversed. printed
: Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 3:691– 693. This letter was read in Congress on 11 September. Due to the capture
of the packet bringing the London newspapers to the continent, John Adams provided
a retranslation of the text of Gen. Conway's speech of 5 May as it appeared in the
Gazette de La Haye
and followed it with a lengthy analysis. For a virtually identical text of Adams'
rebuttal to that part of Conway's speech attacking the Franco-American alliance, see
Adams' letter of 17 May
to Edmé Jacques Genet, and notes (above).