Adams Papers

John Adams to Antoine Marie Cerisier, 12 December 1784

To Antoine Marie Cerisier

Auteuil December 12. 1784

Dear Sir

A Gentleman in Boston, who is as much a Friend of Mankind, as he is of me, Mr James Lovell, Naval Officer has desired me to procure him the following Books

Surdus loquens, by John Conrad Amman Physician of Amsterdam, published in Octavo in 1692. Dissertatio de Loquela &c &c published in 8vo. 1700 of which were afterwards Several Editions. The first Edition was published in English by Daniel Foot.

If you will purchase these Books for me, and desire either of the Messieurs, Willinks, Vanstaphorsts or De la Lande and Fyn?e, to pay you for them, and charge them to my Account and Send them to Mr Lovel in Boston, by the first opportunity, you will much oblige me.

Your Friends the Abbys are well. Pray how do you do? I Should be very happy to hear of your Welfare. I am Settled with my Family at Auteuil, Vis a Vis le Conduite. Somewhere in the Center between the Ghosts of D’Auguesseau, Boileau, Helvetius and Moliere.1 My Wife, Daughter and Son are with me.

LbC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr. A. M. Cerisier.”; APM Reel 107.

1For Louis XV’s chancellor, Henri François d’Aguesseau (1668–1751); poet and critic Nicolas Boileau Despréaux (1636–1711); philosopher Claude Adrien Helvétius (1715–1771); and playwright Jean Baptiste Poquelin Molière (1622–1673), all of whom had historical associations with Auteuil, see Hoefer, Nouv. biog. générale. For Helvetius’ wife, Anne Catherine, Comtesse de Ligniville d’Autricourt (1719–1800), who was currently an Auteuil resident and friend of Benjamin Franklin and JA, see AFC, description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Marc Friedlaender, Richard Alan Ryerson, Margaret A. Hogan, and others, Cambridge, 1963–. description ends , 5:xviii–xix.

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