Papers of John Adams, volume 8

From Arthur Lee

To Elbridge Gerry


John Jay sailed on 20 Oct. 1779 in the Continental frigate Confederacy, but storm damage forced the vessel into St. Pierre, Martinique, in mid-December. There Jay transferred to the French frigate Aurora, which arrived at Cadiz on 22 Jan., making a total voyage of 95 days (Morris, Peacemakers , p. 1–7). This was in sharp contrast to JA's 24-day passage.