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Discussion of Current European Politics

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Date December 15, 1784
Author Name John Adams (primary) Location: Aut[emil] near Paris
Recipient Name Henry Knox (primary)
Summary John Adams sends to Henry Knox a letter in which he discusses European politics.
Document Format Author's Letterbook Copy
Document Notes [not available]
Content Notes very difficult to read
Related Persons/Groups Henry Knox; John Adams; Mrs. Adams; Army; William Knox; Mr. Jackson; Mr. Frey; Captain Young; Emperor; ;
Related Places Aut[emil] near Paris; France; England; Holland; Boston; Europe; Autemil; Paris; Prussia; ;
Keywords Charter of Europe; treaty of Munster; European politiks; politics; ;
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Autemil near Paris Decr. 15, 1784


I have just received your kind Letter of the 7 and am much obliged to you for your Information of so good an opportunity, to Boston. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Frey will take all our Letters and I hope arrive in London early enough for the Co*yance by Captain Young. I wish you a pleasant Passage and happy sight of your Friends, particularly your Brothers, to whom my best regards.

It is hazardous prophesying in European Politicks, but it is easier to judge what is right if the Treaty of Munster is not binding, what treaty is? How many Powers of Europe hold important Rights and Possessions under it? it is the great Charter of Europe, it is the Paris of the publick Right of Europe. France holds so much under it, and by subsequent treatis frouht on it, that I make no scruple to believe she will support Holland nor have I less doubt that Prussia will join on the same side, if the Emperor persists. They may negotiate as big as they can, but must finally take a Part, for which reason I hope there will be an accommodation before next spring.