Adams Papers

John Adams to John Jay, 20 April 1784

To John Jay

Hague April 20. 1784

Dear Sir

I am extreamly Sorry, to read in your Letter of the 8th. that you think of embarking for America. Let me beg of you to reconsider that Project. if you persist in it, I shall repent of having written for my Family and wish I had it in my Power to go there too.

The Committee to whom, the Dispatches by Thaxter were referred have reported that a Commission be sent to the 3 named in the Resolution of the 1. of May last, to treat with all the maritime Powers, who may wish to treat, and I Suppose Such a Commission will Soon arrive. As soon as I know of its Arrival, I will Sett off, for Paris.

I have recd a Letter, under a Cover, which you knew of, the Writer desires to be remembered to you, your Lady, & to Mr Charmichael.1

Dana is, as I Suppose a Member of Congress, and now at Anapolis.

If you Should be decided to return home, which I hope you are not, I beg to know about what Time you expect to leave Paris, for I should regret as much as you, the Loss of an Opportunity to converse with you before you go.

With great and Sincere Esteem / yours

John Adams

RC (NNC:John Jay Papers); addressed by JQA: “France / À Son Excellence / Monsieur John Jay. / Ministre Plenipotentiaire des Etats / Unis de l Amerique / à Chaillot / près Paris.”; internal address: “His Exy John Jay Esq”; endorsed: “Mr. Adams / 20 Ap. 1784 / Recd. 26 / And— 27 Ap. 1784.” LbC (Adams Papers); APM Reel 107.

1This was Elbridge Gerry’s letter of 14 Jan. (vol. 15:447, 449–450). It is from that letter that JA’s comments on Congress’ action regarding the dispatches carried by John Thaxter and on Francis Dana were derived.

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