Adams Papers

From John Adams to Benjamin Lincoln, 6 November 1782

To Benjamin Lincoln

Paris November 6. 1782


I had Yesterday the Honour of your Letter of 25. September,1 and I beg leave to thank you, for your kind Congratulations on our little Success at the Hague.— I wish to have it in my Power to congratulate you Soon, upon a good Peace.— But, every Thing within my Observation, is disposing itself, both on the side of France and England for another Campaign So that I cannot give much Encouragement to hope for a good settlement of affairs before the Winter of 1784.

Your account of the excellent Condition of our Army does our Country great Honour.— We have so many Occupations, at present, that it will be difficult to Send you Soon, A State of the Pay, Rations and Subsistance of the officers and Men in the Service of the States General, of Prussia, Russia and the other Northern Powers.— At the Hague I could Soon inform my Self, of the greatest Part.— But I will do the whole as soon as I can.2

With great Regard I have the Honour to be, Sir, your most &c

LbC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Major General Lincoln, Secretary at War.”; notation by John Thaxter: “Delivered to Capt. Barney of the / Packet Washington, original & / duplicate, the former to go by himself / & the other by Capt. Hill in Cicero / Paris 113th. Novr. 1782”; APM Reel 108.

1Vol. 13:490–491.

2Lincoln asked JA to obtain information on the pay, rations, and subsistence of the Dutch, Prussian, Russian, Swedish, and Danish armies. In his letters to Francis Dana and C. W. F. Dumas of 8 Nov., both below, JA requested that they obtain the requested information. For Lincoln’s acknowledgment of the April 1783 arrival of reports on the Dutch and Swedish armies, see Dumas’ 16 Jan. 1783 letter, note 1, below.

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