Franklin and John Adams to Vergennes6
<Passy, November 12, 1778: In view of the magnitude of the alliance between France and the United States, we conceive it would be highly pleasing to our constituents to have a portrait of His Majesty to be kept where Congress sits; if you are of opinion this would give no offense, we request your kind offices to procure pictures of their Majesties, the king and queen.>
6. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 207.
7. In JA’s hand.
8. One of which is in Arthur Lee’s hand and bears his notation: “This Letter was not signd by Mr. Lee or sent to his knowledge, he having suggested to Mr Adams doubts of its propriety.” Congress itself in 1779 requested portraits of Louis XVI and Marie-Antoinette: Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 207n.