Paris 10 January 1781.
; filmed at 12 July 1780, Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 352. Designated “No. 9,” this letter is written on the lower half and reverse
of the triplicate of the Committee for Foreign Affairs' letter of 12 July 1780
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
's letter to Arnold Henri Dohrman of 18 Jan.
, below. Dana chose to retain, however, some items from Congress that he believed
had already received or that he feared might be intercepted, such as
's additional instructions regarding a peace treaty (vol. 10:278–279
). He did send Congress' resolutions of 2 and 28
Oct. that authorized
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
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.