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From John Adams to Jonas Belton, 10 September 1779

To Jonas Belton

Braintree Septr. 10. 1779


I have received your Letter of the 14 of August,1 and have the Pleasure in Answer to it, to inform you, that I Saw your son, Several Times in France, and in particular, Some time in the Month of February, or Beginning of March last, at Dr. Franklins House, consulting with him about Some of his Philosophical or mechanical Inventions or Projections. He was in good Health. I thank you, Sir, for your complaisant Congratulations, on my Return to my native Country, and am &c.

LbC (Adams Papers); directed to: “Mr. Jonas Belton of Groton New London County, Connecticutt.”

1Not found. Capt. Jonas Belton, whose military title came from his service in the Connecticut militia in the 1750s, kept a tavern west of Center Groton (Connecticut Colonial Records, 9:241, 422; 10:263; Charles R. Stark, Groton, Conn., 1705–1905, Stonington, Conn., 1922, p. 134, 402). His son was Joseph Belton; see vol. 6:37, and J. D. Schweighauser and others to the Commissioners, 7 Nov. 1778 (above).

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