L’Orient 15th: July 1787
This accompanies a Letter address’d to you and Mr. Jefferson on the subject of my Transactions at Morocco, having transmitted a Copy of it to Mr. Jefferson by Post, the Accounts which are too extensive to be sent that way will go by the first safe private Conveyance to Paris and from thence toyou—I shall take with me to America Duplicates of the whole, therefore you have only to let the papers lye by you; untill I reach that Country, or untill it’s known that some accident may prevent me, for in that case, as there is no third copy of them, it will be very necessary they shou’d be transmitted to Congress—
I have no doubt but you felt very sensibly for my late situation, I need not tell you that my silence on the Subject hitherto, was neither owing to want of respect or attachment, but to unwillingness of giving you pain, when I cou’d devine me advantage, even from your friendly advice—Rest assured my dear Sir, that throughout the whole, I have not done one act nor taken one step inconsistant with the strictest rules of Morality and Integrety—As to entering into any defense of myself, this is not the proper time—and were I to inform you of the particulars of the treatment I have receiv’d I think you wou’d not beleive it possible—The first President of the Parliement of Bordeaux assured me that Mrssrs: French and nephew had your approbation for my being prosecuted there, before any steps were taken against me and that they told him so, and the Procurer General informed me that Col. Smith had declared at Bordeaux that I held me Public Office what ever Judge what People I have to contend with—
I remain here waiting for a fair Wind, and shall be made very happy by a few Lines address’d for me under cover to Mr: Jay—I beg you and Mrs: Adams and Mrs: Smith will accept the best wishes of / Dear Sir / Your very obt: Servt:
MHi: Adams Papers.