Adams Papers

Philippe André Joseph de Létombe to John Adams: A Translation, 28 February 1781

Philippe André Joseph de Létombe to John Adams: A Translation

Paris, 28 February 1781


Ten days ago Mr. Searle gave me the letter that your Excellency had the honor to write me on the 3rd of January.1 I could not answer it right away because business, events, and a thousand other obstacles prevented me from doing so. But I saw Mr. Searle as often as I could and would like to thank your Excellency for his remembrance to me and for the introduction to such an estimable citizen as Mr. Searle. I regret very much that I will not be able to cultivate our relationship any further because he is leaving for Holland and I am going to America in twelve days.

I ask your Excellency to honor me with the orders for Philadelphia and Boston. Be certain that it will be with much zeal and enthusiasm that I execute my post in America. Again I would like to ask that you recommend me to your compatriots. This would be a great honor. I beg you, sir, to please send the packet along to me as soon as possible in Paris, where I will find it upon my return from a ten-day trip that I must make.2

Please, sir, accept my tributes of respect and of a tender attachment with which I am, your Excellency, your very humble and very obedient servant

De Létombe
Ecuyer, Consul général de France à Boston.
Rue de l’Université à Paris.

RC (Adams Papers).

1Not found.

2See JA’s reply of 11 March, below.

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