Adams Papers

To John Adams from Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 30 May 1787

Paris May the 30th [1787]

My dear friend

Our Assembly is ended; and altho the late depredations, and Confusion in the finances Make it Necessary to Encrease the Burthen of the People, Yet Have we Reasons to Rejoice at the More Equal Repartition of Taxes, and the Barriers that Have Been placed Against future dilapidations–The provincial Assemblies above all are a Great thing–and you will see we Have obtained Many other points.

inclosed are the Speeches that Were Made at the last General Assembly–The interesting one is that of the ArchBishop of Toulouse as it Contains the King’s Answer to the demands of the Bureaux-I am much pleased with the choice that Has Been Made of the ArchBishop–to an UpRight Mind, and an Amiable temper He joins the Greatest Abilities.

At the last Meeting of the Bureau of which I was a Member I Made two Motions, the one in favour of the protestants, the other for an Examination of the Criminal laws–Both were Carried almost Unanimously, Which pleased me the most as, Between us, they Had not so well Succeeded in an other Bureau–Inclosed I Send You the petition of the Bureau Which was presented to the king By His Brother and Graciously Received–I Beg You will keep, not the Measure that is public and ought to be so, But the Resolve itself to Yourself, as I don’t wish to Spread Copies of it Untill it is printed

My Best Respects to mrs Adams mrs Smith, and While you Remember me to the family and all friends Be pleased to Receive the Affectionate Respects of / Your Sincere friend


A Circumstance Worth Being Remarked is that My Motion in favour of the protestants was Most liberally Supported By the Bishop of Langres.

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