Adams Papers

To John Adams from Charles Storer, 13 May 1785

From Charles Storer

London. 13th. May. 1785.

Dear Sir,

In obedience to your Commands, by Mr: West, respecting Lodgings, I have been, yesterday & today, in search of such as I thought would suit you, but have not been able to find any.—1 There are many houses to be let—but these are either too large or too small; your direction being for “a Drawing Room, Dining Room, three Chambers, & one for one Servant only”— Besides, in all these Houses, the inconvenience respecting your Board constantly occurr’d—for Traiteur’s are not so common here as at Paris— This being the Case, I should advise it as best, being the surest and cheapest way, to take Lodgings in some Hotel, untill you can meet some house that will suit you—in which you will then have Mrs: Adams opinion— In Hotels, you know you may do as you please, and you are sure there to find room always—& there too you are boarded at no Trouble to yourself— You have tried the Adelphi—there are others in Covent-Garden, and a great one in Pall-Mall, at which last Mr: Bingham & Lady lodge—but this I am told is very expensive—2 However, I shall not give over my search after such lodgings as you describe, and write this only to desire some further instruction from you.— This I hope will reach you on Wednesday next, the 18th. inst. — The next day the Post leaves Paris, so I shall hope to hear from you, in reply to this, by the Post of the 24th. inst. — You will be kind enough to let me know when you leave Paris, & where you propose to alight here that I may meet you on your arrival.—

Mr: West tells me your Son was to leave Paris this week— I hope he did not miss of a letter I wrote him the last week, as otherwise he may think it odd, not to see or hear from me before he left Europe, since I have been so long talking of going to Paris—3 However, should he not have received it, I hope he will assure himself of my best wishes for a pleasant passage, and a happy sight of his friends.—

In hopes of hearing from you soon, I have only to add my best respects to Mrs: & Miss Adams, in which my Sister & Mr: Atkinson4 join, and to assure you that I am, with much esteem, dear sir, / Your much obliged / humle: servt:

Chas: Stor[er]

RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “À son Excellence / Monsieur Adams. / Ministre Plenipo: des Etats-Unis de / l’Amerique, près sa Majestè tres Chrêtienne, / à Auteul, pres de / Paris.—”; internal address: “John Adams Esqr: ”; endorsed: “Charles Storer / May 13th 1785.” Some loss of text where the seal was removed.

1Benjamin West, the artist, left Paris on 7 May (JQA, Diary description begins Diary of John Quincy Adams, ed. David Grayson Allen, Robert J. Taylor, and others, Cambridge, 1981–. description ends , 1:263–264). No letter from JA to either Storer or West regarding accommodations in London has been found, so it is likely that his instructions to Storer were conveyed orally by West. But see also AA’s instructions in her letter to Storer of 18 May, which indicate that either he had written to her at the same time as to JA or that AA had seen this letter (AFC description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Marc Friedlaender, Richard Alan Ryerson, Margaret A. Hogan, and others, Cambridge, 1963–. description ends , 6:151–152).

2JA and JQA lodged at Osborne’s Hotel, Adelphi Buildings, for a short time in Oct. 1783, after their arrival in London, and AA and AA2 stayed there when they arrived in July 1784 (vols. 15:313; 16:283). When the Adamses arrived in London on 26 May 1785 they went first to Osborne’s but, finding it full, went on to the Bath Hotel in Piccadilly where Storer had procured them rooms (AFC description begins Adams Family Correspondence, ed. L. H. Butterfield, Marc Friedlaender, Richard Alan Ryerson, Margaret A. Hogan, and others, Cambridge, 1963–. description ends , 6:170).

3Not found.

4Storer’s half-sister Elizabeth was married to John Atkinson, a London merchant (vol. 16:576).

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