Adams Papers

John Adams to Thomas Barclay, 27 July 1784

To Thomas Barclay

The Hague July 27. 1784.


I have a Letter from Mr: Jefferson of 19. June by which it appears, that he will be at Paris by the Latter end of August, where I am to join him and Dr: Franklin in the Execution of orders which he brings with him. Will you be so good as to give me, the Earliest Notice, of his Arrival, and that of Coll: Humphreys who may be expected before him.

My Friends have arrived in London, will come here and go with me to Paris, in time to meet Mr: Jefferson on his Arrival. If the House at Auteuil or that you hinted at in your Last were at Leisure I should be glad to employ it. your’s &c.

This will be delivered by Mr: Bingham, a son of Lord Lucas, a worthy youth.1

LbC in JQA’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr: Barclay.”; APM Reel 107.

1This is Richard Bingham, son of Charles Bingham, Baron Lucan of Castlebar. He also carried JA’s letter of this date to Benjamin Franklin, whose reply of 6 Aug., below, indicates that Bingham had reached Paris on or about 5 Aug. (DNB, description begins Leslie Stephen and Sidney Lee, eds., The Dictionary of National Biography, New York and London, 1885–1901; repr. Oxford, 1959–1960; 21 vols. plus supplements. description ends entry on Margaret Bingham).

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