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printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography Diary and Autobiography of John Adams , ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. , 4:99–100 . The Commissioners requested that they be given permission to confine on French soil the prisoners taken by American vessels in order to permit their exchange for American prisoners held in England, a question of particular urgency because of John...
Our Affairs have now a universally good appearance. Every thing at home and abroad seems verging towards a happy and permanent period. We are preparing for either War or Peace; for altho we are fully perswaded that our Enemies are wearied beaten and disappoint in despair, yet we shall not presume too much on that belief, and the rather, as it is our fixt determination to admit no terms of...
LS : American Philosophical Society, Harvard University Library; copies: Archives du Ministère des affaires étrangères, Library of Congress; copy and transcript: National Archives <York, May 14, 1778: All goes well with us, and we are preparing for either war or peace. Our enemies have fostered doubt about our perseverance, but the enclosed report of Congressional action in rejecting British...
ALS : University of Pennsylvania Library The return of the Nymph frigate in which Captain Coulter [Courter] came passenger gives me the honor of informing you that the Deane arrivd at Portsmouth the first of May much about which time the Two ships loaded by Mr. Ross on account of Congress got in to this Port. Mr. Simeon Deane landed a fortnight before us so that we were happy to find the whole...
ALS : American Philosophical Society I have inclosed You One Letter I received from Aunt Mecom to forward You. It gave real pleasure to your Friends to hear of your welfare after an account circulated of an attempt on your Invaluable Life tho’ not Effected it was said left You in a languishing condition. Pray God preserve You to return to Your Native country long to enjoy the fruit of your...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Letters of introduction or recommendation, like this one, required no answer and therefore fall into a category of their own. We summarize here a few other such letters that come within the period. On April 10 Etienne Cathalant writes Deane from Marseilles to introduce his son and John Turnbull, of Livingston & Turnbull in Gibraltar, and asks to have the...
ALS : American Philosophical Society Vous vous rappellerés que j’ai eu l’honneur de vous parler d’un négociant de Brest, qui se proposoit pour être Le correspondant du congrés dans ce port: j’ai celui de vous adresser Le mémoire qu’il m’a fait parvenir. Je ne le connois pas, mais on m’a assuré qu’il avoit autant de probité que d’intelligence c’est ce dont il ne vous sera pas difficile de vous...
8General Orders, 14 May 1778 (Washington Papers)
The Troops are in future to be exempt from exercise every Friday afternoon, which time is allowed them for washing Linnen and cloathing—The Serjeants who conduct Squads to bathe are to be particularly careful that no man remains longer than ten minutes in the Water. The Commanding Officers of Regiments are to order two windows at least to be made in each hut. As the second North-Carolina,...
ALS : American Philosophical Society <Hôtel Dauphin, Rue Croix des Petits-Champs, [Paris,] May 14, 1778, in French: Enclosed is a letter given me the other day by M. Holquart, whom I introduced to you. It is to M. Lannouette from his sister, who wants it forwarded as safely as possible because it is important to her. M. Holquart has read it, and assures me that it is about family matters to...
General Wayne this day shewed me a letter from Lieut. Colo. Bayard in which he informed him that he had agreeable to order procured near three hundred Bayonets, which were fitted to Muskets, and was just preparing to send them down, when they were stopped by the Executive Council who alleged that they had positive orders from me to reserve all the Arms, belonging to the State, for the Militia,...
111778 May 14. Thursday. (Adams Papers)
1778 May 14. Thursday.
12[May 14. Thursday. 1778.] (Adams Papers)
May 14. Thursday. 1778. Under this date, I find in my private Letter Book, the following in Answer to Letters received from Mr. McCreery Your two Letters of April 25, and May 3 are before me. I thank you for the trouble you have taken in searching for the Breeches. I have no suspicion of the Servants at your house. I rather conjecture that once, upon the road, when a few Things were taken out...
Passy, 14 May 1778. printed: JA, Diary and Autobiography Diary and Autobiography of John Adams , ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1961; 4 vols. , 4:98–99 . Replying to MacCreery’s letters of 25 April (above) and 3 May ( Adams Family Correspondence Adams Family Correspondence , ed. L. H. Butterfield and others, Cambridge, 1963-. , 3:12, note 2), Adams thanked MacCreery for his...
The French Frigate Nimphe Commanded by the Chevalier Senneville returning directly to France I cannot omit so favorable an oppertunity of testifying my esteem in wishing that you may have had a safe and agreeable passage from America to France, and of congratulating you on the present agreeable and promissing aspect of our public Affairs. Previous to the arrival of Mr. Dean with the public...
AL (draft ): Massachusetts Historical Society; two copies: National Archives <Passy, May 14, 1778: American warships have hitherto taken between four and five hundred prisoners, who were released because we could not confine them in France. Now Capt. Jones has brought into Brest nearly two hundred, whom we should gladly exchange for our seamen in England, but who we fear will be released in...
Copies: American Philosophical Society, Library of Congress Your esteem’d favours of the 21 December per Mr. Dean 12th. February per Capt. Senneville, and 17th of same Month per Capt. Courter, we had the Honor to receive. Agreeable to your request, we have furnished Capt. Courter with every necessary for his Journey to Congress, on which he set out the 7th. Instant, being the second day after...
ALS : University of Pennsylvania Library I wrote you two Days ago; but hearing the Vessel is unexpectedly detain’d, I send you a plaintive poetic Piece just publish’d here, which I hope will reach her before she sails. You cannot conceive what Joy the Treaties with France have diffus’d among all true Americans, nor the chagrine they have given to the few interested and slavish Partizans of...
ALS : Historical Society of Pennsylvania You will have recieved my lettre of May 12th. which I forwarded by my Bankers. Tho I had this inclosed in hands, yet I did not think it prudent to put it into mine, because I did not know, what it mayt contain. I send it you by an oportunity, which Mr. Elmsley affords me, it will be carry’d Save to Calais; from whence it will meet with no more...
ALS : American Philosophical Society M. Le Roi me charge de vous faire savoir que MM. de l’Académie des Sciences, voulant me donner un quatrième commissaire, vous nommerent hier. Que ne dois-je pas espérer sous de si heureux auspices! Je me mets encore une fois à vos pieds, monsieur le Docteur, pour vous supplier d’honnorer aujourd’hui de votre présence l’assemblée des Etrangers, des gens de...
I find by a letter from Lieut. Coll Bayard to General Wayne that a parcel of arms, to which you had made and fitted Bayonets, were detained by the Governor and Council because the Muskets belonged to the State. I have written to Governor Wharton upon the subject, and have informed him, that, if the muskets do belong particularly to the State, you will replace them with an equal number of...