5. On 11 March, John Jay had entrusted four commissions, directing JA, Franklin, and Jefferson to negotiate treaties with Algiers, Morocco, Tripoli, and Tunis, to Capt. John Lamb, a mariner and merchant from Norwich, Conn. Jay referred to these documents in his letter to the three commissioners of the same date, and suggested that they appoint Lamb, who had offered his services for this task in February, to negotiate with the Barbary powers, under their direction (Jefferson, Papers
, 8:19–22). Jay also briefly mentioned Lamb in his letter of 13 April to JA (
Dipl. Corr., 1783–1789
, 1:480–483). All these documents are in the Adams Papers
. On John Lamb and negotiations with the Barbary states, see AA to Cotton Tufts, 18 Aug.
, below; JA, Diary and Autobiography
, 3:182, note 2
; and Burnett, ed., Letters of Members
, 8:72–73, 250–251.