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This foot note contained in document ADMS-06-10-02-0096
2. This and another letter of 23 Sept. to John Thaxter ( Adams Family Correspondence , 3:423–424) indicate that in the week since Francis Dana's arrival with the dispatches, JA had decided to remain at Amsterdam for the foreseeable future, rather than return to Paris. JA ordered Thaxter to proceed to Amsterdam with his “Letters, Letter Books, Account books and papers,” exercising particular care with “the most valuable Papers, which you will easily distinguish.” Thaxter wrote to his father on 1 Nov. that he left Paris on 30 Sept., and on 12 Oct. arrived at Amsterdam “where I believe I am to spend the Winter” (MHi: Thaxter Family Papers). For JA 's concern over his papers and other property at Paris, and Thaxter's safe arrival at Amsterdam, see his letter to Benjamin Franklin of 29 Sept., and Francis Dana's letter of 9 Oct. (both below).