[dateline] Paris 10 January 1781.
It was a covering letter for several documents brought to France by Thomas Bell of the Chevalier de La Luzerne
and James Josiah of the Anne
, whose arrival is noted in William Temple Franklin's letter of 11 Jan.
, below. It is impossible to identify all of the documents carried by Bell and Josiah, but for some indication, see vol. 9:507–508
; vol. 10:278–280
, and JA's letter to Arnold Henri Dohrman of 18 Jan.
, below. Dana chose to retain, however, some items from Congress that he believed JA had already received or that he feared might be intercepted, such as JA's additional instructions regarding a peace treaty (vol. 10:278–279
). He did send Congress' resolutions of 2 and 28
Oct. that authorized JA to accept bills drawn on Henry Laurens (vol. 10:311–312). Dana also sent extracts of two unidentified letters from Bordeaux and Nantes. With letters from John Bondfield and Joshua Johnson to JA from the same cities and dated 2
Jan., both above, they may have formed the basis for material sent to Jean Luzac and published in the Gazette de Leyde
of 23 January.