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This foot note contained in document ADMS-06-08-02-0227
3. In a letter of 28 Feb. (DSI: Hull Coll.) Jones agreed to carry JA 's trunk. Neither Jones nor the trunk, however, went to America in the Alliance. Jones went to Paris in April and did not return to Lorient until early June. In his absence Pierre Landais, who faced a courtmartial for his actions during the battle with the Serapis, and Arthur Lee, who sought passage on the Alliance, conspired to undermine Jones' authority, with the result that, soon after Jones' return, Landais seized command and ultimately sailed for America. JA 's trunk finally reached Philadelphia on 18 Feb. 1781 in the sloop Ariel, Jones' new command (Morison, John Paul Jones , p. 275–276, 293–295, 301–308; James Lovell to AA , 27 Feb. 1781, Adams Family Correspondence , 4:81–83).