1. With this letter JA resumed his practice, discontinued a year earlier with his letter to AA of 25 May 1777
(vol. 2, above), of drafting his letters to his wife and retaining the drafts in a letterbook. His retained copy of the present letter is the first entry in Lb/JA/7 (Microfilms
, Reel No. 95), a folio volume purchased from the stationer Cabaret, “Au Griffon Rue de Bussy”; see JA, Diary and Autobiography
, and a reproduction of Cabaret's large and elegant trade card in same, facing p. 291. JA kept up this private letterbook, but quite fitfully, until Feb. 1779. Many years later, in 1809, and more intensively in 1813–1814, he turned it over to his amanuenses, who filled up its blank pages with copies of JA's outgoing letters.