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. On 30 April, William Paca rose to give the congress significant evidence on the unsuitability
of Arthur Lee as a representative of the United States abroad. A long statement signed
by Paca and William Henry Drayton was read by the secretary and placed in the Journal
over the objection of Samuel Adams. Paca and Drayton had approached Gérard for information
on Lee's early reception in Madrid and the opinion of the French court about him.
Gérard furnished the letter from Vergennes, which contained the sentence quoted by
Lovell here (26 Oct. 1778, in Gérard, Despatches and Instructions
, p. 358). Paca and Drayton thought that it was incontestable that Lee was “disgustful
to those Courts, unconciliatory to their subjects, and prejudicial to the honor and
interests of the said States” (