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. In a letter to James Warren of 13 Aug., Lovell quoted an extract from a letter in
French dated 7 Dec. 1778, which was laid on the table in the congress by Gouverneur
Morris on 3 May. Because John Holker, agent of France for its marine, supplied the
fragment, Lovell concluded that the French letter was to him. As translated by Lovell
the extract read, “Mr. J. Adams the Deputy does not succeed here further than is reasonable:
He appears to be intirely devoted to Mr. Lee, who, as you know, is a sort of mad-man”