rue pot de fer May the 7th 1778
The Bearer is a Surgeon whom I take the liberty of recommanding to you. He wishes very much to settle in North America and though there is a good faundation to hope that the call for the service he is Able to make will be Lessened againn the End of the next Summer, however he may yet find Some employement and after the peace, be a usefull neighbour in Boston or Some other town.
I write this Day to Dr. Franklin1 in his favour and I desire you Sir to be so good as to facilitate as much as you Can Conveniently the Success of Mr. Tessier’s (Such is the name of the young man) Wishes. I am With the most Sincere Attachment Sir Your most humble & obedient Servant
RC (Adams Papers).
1. See Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S. description begins I. Minis Hays, comp., Calendar of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin in the Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1908; 5 vols. description ends , 1:415.
2. This is JA’s first letter from Guy Claude, comte de Sarsfield (1718–1789), French officer of Irish ancestry, friend of Americans, and would-be philosophe. The editors know of thirty letters exchanged between the men to 16 Sept. 1789. For a sketch of Sarsfield, see JA, Diary and Autobiography description begins Diary and Autobiography of John Adams, ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. description ends , 2:381. No reply to this May letter has been found, and Tessier remains otherwise unidentified, but he did write to Benjamin Franklin on 3 Aug., stating that he was emigrating with six farmers and requesting information about concessions granted to immigrants (Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S. description begins I. Minis Hays, comp., Calendar of the Papers of Benjamin Franklin in the Library of the American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, 1908; 5 vols. description ends , 1:471).