Papers of John Adams, volume 10

From Arthur Lee, 28 September 1780 Lee, Arthur JA From Arthur Lee, 28 September 1780 Lee, Arthur Adams, John
From Arthur Lee
Dear Sir Lebanon Sepr. 28th 1780

Having come here to converse with the worthy Governor, an opportunity of his Dispatch is afforded me of writing you a single line to inform you of my having left Mrs. Adams and all your friends well a few days since.1 Mr. Hancock is chosen Governor, much owing to your absence and the in-attention of those who wish well to their Country and will probably repent of their inactivity.

Measures are taking to support our credit and supply the Army, to augment which and give it permanency, notwithstanding the patriotic objections seems to be a prevailing doctrine as the only method of meeting our Enemies effectually. But I can assure you that unless our Ally and friend will contrive to send us a million sterling in specie, 185they will run a great risque of rendering all our efforts vain and forcing us from inevitable necessity to an accommodation.

The loss from our defeat under Genl. Gates is much less than was imagind, and we have reason to beleive the Enemy sufferd exceedingly as they have not advancd a step. Genl. de Kalb who was mortally wounded is the only Officer of rank lost. Genl. Gates is reforming his Army fast, and the Militia being put under continental Officers, it is hopd will all fight as well as the Regiment of N. C. militia under Colonel Dixon, which stood and fought bravely while their fellows were shamefully flying.2

My Compts. to Mr. Dana the Abbés & other friends.


RC (Adams Papers).


Lee was in Lebanon, Conn., to visit Gov. Jonathan Trumbull and had left AA on or about 6 Sept. (from Arthur Lee, 10 Sept., above).


For the Battle of Camden and its results, see James Lovell's letter of 7 Sept., and note 2 (above).

To Benjamin Franklin, 29 September 1780 JA Franklin, Benjamin To Benjamin Franklin, 29 September 1780 Adams, John Franklin, Benjamin
To Benjamin Franklin
Amsterdam September 29. 1780

Mr. Samuel Andrews, formerly of Boston lately of Demarara, is going to Paris upon Business, respecting a Vessell taken by the French and carried into Martinico.1

He will lay before you his Papers, and hopes for your Countenance, in the Prosecution of his Appeal, altho he claims as a Dutchman.

I have the Honour to recommend him to your Excellencys Notice.

I have written to Mr. Thaxter to ask the Favour of you to take into your Custody my Books and Trunks of Cloaths.2 I dont know but I asked too much. Perhaps you may not have Room, without Inconvenience. If so, Mr. Thaxter will lock all up in Trunks and get, some store for them.

My Affairs will oblige me to say here, if Mr. Laurens dont Arrive: and if he does, it will be proper for me to stay untill I can communicate all that I know to him, at least.

I have heard often mention of a Letter from your Excellency to the Grand Pensionary of Holland, about a Year ago. It is much esteemed here—but I cant get a sight of it. I should be glad to support the sentiments in it, as far as I have learned them, but could do it to better Purpose if I Could obtain a Copy, which if there is no material objection to I request of your Excellency.3


What this Republick will do in the Northern Confederation is a Question that divides all Parties. Neither stadhouderians nor Republicans. Neither Anglomanes nor Francomanes are agreed. Time will shew.

I have the Honour to be, &c.

John Adams

RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); endorsed: “J. Adams Sept 29 1780.”


Andrew's vessel was the ship Sally. For his correspondence with Benjamin Franklin and the presentation of his case to the Council of Prizes in 1782, see Cal. Franklin Papers, A.P.S. , 2:449, 453; 3:533; 4:368.


On 23 Sept. ( Adams Family Correspondence , 3:423–424), but see also JA's letter of 23 Sept. to James Searle, and note 2 (above).


For this letter, see Franklin's reply of 8 Oct. (below).