1. Vergennes' note to JA quoted by Gerry was dated 24 Feb.
), and a translation of it was enclosed in JA's letter to President Huntington on the 25th
, No. 84, I; Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 3:518–519). Having had his presentation at Versailles on 7 March, JA waited a fortnight and then inquired concerning the promised official announcement of his mission (letter to Vergennes, 21 March
; copy enclosed to Huntington in PCC
, No. 84, I; Wharton, 3:564–565). In a reply
nine days later Vergennes suavely explained that, upon inquiry, he had found that the presentations of neither ambassadors nor ministers plenipotentiary were announced in the Gazette de France
and consequently that an announcement there of JA's presentation would appear an “affectation.” He proposed instead to insert a notice of it
in the Mercure de France
(an organ of the French government, but not officially so), whence JA himself could see to it that it was copied in “les gazettes étrangères” in a postscript
he subjoined a text for JA's approval, as follows: “Le S[ieur]
Adams que le Congrès des Etats Unis de l'Amérique a désigné pour assister aux conférences pour la paix lorsqui'il y aura lieu, est arrivé depuis quelque tems ici et a eû I'honneur d'être présenté au Roi et à la famille royale” (Adams Papers
; translation in Wharton, 3:580). JA had to be satisfied with this brief and bare gesture, which was made on 5 April, but in reporting it and his compliance therewith to Congress on the same day he could not refrain from commenting: “I ought to confess . . . that the Delicacies of the Comte de Vergennes about communicating my Powers, are not perfectly consonant to my manner of thinking” (letter to Huntington, 30 March
No. 84, I; Wharton
, 3: 581). Needless to say, the result of these “Delicacies” fell far below the expectations of Gerry as expressed in the present letter.