To John Adams
Copy:4 American Philosophical Society
Jan. 22, 1779.5
Dr Franklin presents Compliments to Mr. Adams, and requests that all the Public Papers may be sent him by the Bearer. Dr. Franklin will undertake to keep them in order; and will at any time chearfully look for and furnish Mr Adams with any Paper he may have occasion for.
Mr Adams on receit of this put all the Public Papers, then in his Possession, into the hands of W T Franklin.6
Notation by Franklin: Notes between Mr. Adams & me (BF) about the Papers Jan. 22. 1779
4. In WTF’s hand.
5. In pencil and in another hand.
6. At which point WTF presumably discovered Arthur Lee’s comments on JW’s accounts. He informed JW of these immediately: see JW’s letter below, Jan. 31. Lee had written those comments before returning the accounts to Passy. They remained in JA’s possession, sealed with wax, until this moment: Lee to BF, March 16 (University of Va. Library); BF to Lee, March 27 (Library of Congress).