1. Although dated 27 July, the Letterbook copy of this letter precedes that of JA's letter to Vergennes of 26 July
(above) and was probably written on the 26th. In the Letterbook, the space before the “7” in “27” appears to have been erased. Moreover, JA left Paris at mid-day on the 27th. This would have allowed him little time to draft the letter, revise it, and wait for Dana to copy it for his signature.
In any event, except for a letter to Mark Lynch dated, probably erroneously, 28 July
; see Lynch's letter of 8 July, note 1
, above), this letter as dated is the last written by JA from Paris in 1780. On 26 July
, JA obtained passports from Benjamin Franklin at Passy and, under cover of a letter of the same date from William Temple Franklin (Adams Papers
), received Franklin's letters to be dispatched from Amsterdam. At about 1 o'clock in the afternoon of 27 July, after receiving passports from the police enabling them to leave France, JA, JQA, and CA set out for Amsterdam, arriving there on 10 Aug. (JQA, Diary
). Because JA's Diary entries are brief and lacking in detail (
Diary and Autobiography
), it is to JQA's Diary that one must turn for a full account of the journey. Fortunately, he described in great detail the country through which the Adamses passed, the stops along the way, and the people with whom they met (JQA, Diary
). JA would not return to Paris until July 1781, when Vergennes called him back to discuss the proposed Austro-Russian mediation.