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. Jacques Le Ray de Chaumont, also known as James Le Ray, was the son of Jacques Donatien Le Ray de Chaumont,
the commissary of the American fleet and landlord of Franklin at Passy. Young Chaumont
was about to begin a tour of America; he returned in 1790 representing European land
speculation interests in northern New York, where he lived for the next forty years
(Franklin B. Hough, American Biographical Notes . . .
, Albany, 1875, p. 254;
to John Hancock, 14 April,
, Adams Papers