. 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,
had decided to remain at Amsterdam for the foreseeable future, rather than return
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
: Thaxter Family Papers). For
'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.