1. This is the first entry in a folio letterbook purchased by JA of “Cabaret, Marchand Papetier Ordinaire des Bureaux du Roy” (see note 1
on JA to AA, 3 June, below), and given to JQA, who entered copies of his letters in it, somewhat spasmodically, through 20 Feb. 1779. In Nov. 1779, being about to return to Europe on his second mission, JA took over the book, and hence it has been placed in the Adams Papers
among his letterbooks as Lb/JA/8 (Microfilms
, Reel No. 96). For JQA's diverting remarks on his earliest efforts to keep a letterbook under his father's tutelage, see JQA to AA, 27 Sept.