Adams Papers

To John Adams from Paul Joseph Guérard [de] Nancrède, 4 January 1789

Boston Jan. 4th. 1789


I have the Honor to send you inclosed, the prospectus of a French periodical publication lately offered to the patronage of the Americans—I feel so much the more sollicitous to submit the plan to your abilities as your thorough knowledge of Europeans, and their views of America, in general, has no doubt, long since convinced you of the necessity of a periodical paper that might propagate in France, through every class of people, just and adequate views of the United States.

Permit me Sir, from the design of the above publication to solicit your influence respecting its encouragement. It may when duly examined, be found to answer very useful and beneficial purposes.

The largest number of subscribers, I expect from the West-Indies & Europe. It is known that the Europeans read with avidity every thing that comes from America. My Design is to make this Curiousity Subservient to their own Instruction by means of this paper, to the benefit of the Federo-Americans whose laws Government Integrity, Commerce and produce, being better known abroad cannot but be attended with the happiest consequences. Therefore, they will serve these advantages by affording this paper sufficient encouragement to set it agoing. There is but little doubt that foreign subscribers will, as one support it.

The field is ample, perhaps, too much so, for a person alone, who has nothing to oppose to the obstacles consequent upon it, than courage and perseverance; but the pleasure of recommending myself to the Citizens of the united states that of being grateful, does not permit me to think myself unequal to the Task.

I am with respect Sir, your most / humble & most obed. Serv.


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