Adams Papers

VI. From Jean François Marmontel, 8 March 1783

VI. From Jean François Marmontel

Ce. 8, Mars, 1783.

Mr. Marmontel1 a l’honneur de faire mille complimens a Monsieur Adams, et de lui renvoyer l’excellente lettre qu’il a eu la bonté de lui confier’. Elle lui fait sentir plus que jamais l’extreme besoin qu’il a de ses secours et de ses lumieres pour etre en etat d’écrire passablement l’histoire de la grande revolution, qui fait la gloire de l’Amerique septentrionale et qui assure son bonheur.

Translation

8 March 1783

Mr. Marmontel1 is honored to present his compliments to Mr. Adams, and to return the excellent letter he so kindly entrusted to him. More than ever, this letter makes him realize how greatly he needs Mr. Adams’ help and insight to compose a reasonable account of the great revolution that constitutes the glory of North America and guarantees its happiness.

RC not found. Printed from North American Review, 4:57 (Nov. 1816).

1Novelist, poet, dramatist, and historian, Jean François Marmontel (1723–1799) had served as historiographer of France since 1771 (Hoefer, Nouv. biog. générale description begins Jean Chrétien Ferdinand Hoefer, ed., Nouvelle biographie générale depuis les temps les plus reculés jusqu’à nos jours, Paris, 1852–1866; 46 vols. description ends ).

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