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's letter to which Lovell is replying has not been found. In the Adams Papers
, however, is a paper in
's hand containing copies of two letters to
from William McCreery at Bordeaux, 10 and 25 Oct. 1777, the substance of either or
both of which
may have furnished to Lovell. There is no record in the Journal that they were read
in Congress. Concerning McCreery, a Maryland merchant who had some acquaintance with
and had recently established himself in Bordeaux, see JA's Diary and Autobiography
, and passim
, 18 May
and McCreery corresponded for some years on commercial matters.