To John Adams
Paris May 17. 1787 [i.e., 1786]
This will be handed you by young Monsieur de Tronchin, son to a gentleman of that name here who is minister for the republic of Geneva, resident at this court. The son is now in England as a traveller. He is personally unknown to me; but what I hear of him from others, together with my acquaintance with, and respect for, his father, induces me to recommend him to your notice. I do this the rather as it is proposed that he shall finish his travels by a trip to America, where the father has in contemplation to procure an establishment for some of his family. I have the honour to be with the greatest respect and esteem Dr. Sir your most obedient & most humble servt.,
PrC (DLC); clearly dated at head of text “1787,” but entered under 17 May 1786 in SJL, “by M. Tronchin”; see also TJ to W. S. Smith, this date.