Many individuals and institutions contributed to the successful completion of the current volume. We gratefully acknowledge the contributions of former staff members Joanna M. Revelas, who translated French documents, and Alice D. Burley, who transcribed Adams correspondence for this and many future volumes of the Papers of John Adams. Conrad E. Wright, Editor of Publications at the Massachusetts Historical Society, served as the project's interim Editor in Chief and his perceptive comments were invaluable in preparing the final manuscript.
The Adams Papers
continues to benefit from many long-standing relationships. Once again, we owe a debt of gratitude to our colleagues at the Papers of Benjamin Franklin, especially Ellen R. Cohn, Jonathan R. Dull, and Kate M. Ohno, for answering our many queries. Our thanks to the Boston Athenaeum for their continuing willingness to share their unique resources with us, and particularly to Stephen Nonack, Head of Reference, for his assistance with the Gazette de Leyde
. We are also grateful for the help provided by Edward B. Doctoroff, Head of Administrative Services at Harvard's Widener Library.
Our many friends at Harvard University Press continue to support our efforts and facilitate the production of each volume. We wish to thank Assistant Director/Design and Production Manager John Walsh as well as Ann Louise Coffin McLaughlin, our editor of thirty years, now retired. The support of Kevin Krugh of Technologies 'N Typography was critical to our producing camera-ready copy; his efforts are deeply appreciated.
New-found friends, such as Prof. Ward W. Briggs of the University of South Carolina who graciously provided Latin translations, have also come to our aid.
It would have been impossible to produce this volume without the unmatched holdings of the Massachusetts Historical Society, but of even more importance was the assistance provided by the devoted and learned staff of the Society. In particular the editors wish to thank William M. Fowler Jr., Director; Peter Drummey, Librarian; Brenda
Lawson, Associate Librarian and Curator of Manuscripts; Mary E. Fabiszewski, Senior Cataloger; Nicholas Graham, Reference Librarian; Carrie Foley, former Assistant Reference Librarian; Kate DuBose, Assistant Reference Librarian; and Jennifer Smith, Photographic Services. We would also like to express our deep appreciation to the members of the Adams Papers
Administrative Committee for their great interest in and devoted service to this project.