Adams Papers

From John Adams to the Comte de Vergennes, 12 April 1779

To the Comte de Vergennes

Nantes April 12 1779


I have the Honour to inform your Excellency, that I expect to imbarque and Sail for America, in fifteen days that if your Excellency or any of his Majestys other Ministers, have Occasion to Send any fresh Dispatches to any Part of the united States, So good an Opportunity may not be omitted.1 The season promisses a short Passage, and I shall be happy in this opportunity, and in every other, of doing any service, and of expressing the perfect Consideration, with which I have the Honour to be, sir your most obedient humble servt

John Adams

RC (Arch. Aff. Etr., Paris, Corr. Pol., E.-U., vol. 8); docketed: “M de Rayneval M. Adams fait part de Son prochain depart pour l’amerique <paquet>.”

1In his reply of 23 April (Adams Papers) Vergennes wished JA a safe and speedy voyage and sent a packet for the French minister in the United States, Conrad Alexandre Gérard. A postscript cautioned him to drop the dispatches overboard in the event of capture.

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