Adams Papers

From John Adams to Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, 27 October 1787

London october 27. 1787.

Dr. Sir—

I thank you for your Letter & the Proceedings of Anvergne. The Provincial assemblies if they act only as Councillers of the King must operate for the benefit of the Nation—Le mombe dis personnes roisses dans les deux premmiers [Bliss]ne prinsse superior le nombre des personnes [choisies] pour a liers etats et les viox sevat recuilles par tete, alternativements entre les membres des differents ordres. Edit du roi. Juin, 1787 Art.1.

Pray do the 3 estates sett all together, in the same room & debate together? & is the oath determined by the majority of members, or by the majority of Estates!

The Constitution of the Parochiall Assemblies appears to be upon a very large and liberal scale—ten livres —& imposition fonciere ou personelle, appears to comprehend a good number—It seems a smaller qualification than our 40 shillings pichold or 40 pound fortune—but perhaps I may not presently understand it—Let me congratulate you on the progress you make towards a good representation—

Mr Apleton when he was here, & after him, Mr. Paine informed me that you desired to have a dozen copies of my [Boudoir], accordingly when I saw my bookseller I ordered him to send them to the address of Mr Jefferson—This will be delivered you by Mr. Parker, a Bostonian who I beg leave to introduce to you, He will tell you all the News. He is very intelligent & has much information.



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