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Docno: ADMS-06-05-02-0252

Author: Lovell, James
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-02-10

From James Lovell

[salute] My dear Sir

The week after Mr. C—— was appointed secretary,1 I saw the P.S. of a letter to Mr. S.A. in which he is said to be a very unworthy person, but he has so good a Character in the estimation of Congress and from Maryland Gentlemen, that I did not think proper to move for a power of Suspension to be given to the Commissioners, as I find it is the opinion of some here that the secretary should be independent.
I hope you will either give me your opinion before you go or write very early upon having conversed with Dr. Fr. and Mr. Lee.
I did not know whether the Commercial Committee had forwarded to you the Resolve of yesterday, therefore I send it on the other page.2 We are most horridly spunged3 by Mr. Le Balme and others who resigning their Commissions apply in forma pauperis or on pretences of a variety of kinds.4 I do not think it will do to make the Resolve hinted at by Dr. F. to me “that the Commissioners should be directed not to give even a letter of civil Introduction to any Foreigner,”5 but such letters are pleaded as a sort of implied Convention. Avoid them. Affectionately Yours
[signed] JL
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “Honble John Adams Esqr.”; docketed by CFA : “Lovell J. Feby 10th 1778.”
1. On William Carmichael, see Lovell to JA , 22 Nov. 1777, note 1 (above).
2. A resolve empowering and directing the American commissioners to appoint commercial agents in France and elsewhere in Europe.
3. Robbed ( OED ).
4. On 13 Feb. the congress voted to pay La Balme $910 to settle all his claims and to inform him that his services were no longer required ( JCC , 10:157).
5. See Lovell to JA , [post 17 Dec. 1777], note 6 (above).