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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0230-0002

Author: La Blancherie, Pahin Champlain de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1779-01-18

Pahin Champlain de La Blancherie to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I have the Honour to send you some Particulars relative to the establishment of a general Correspondence upon Sciences and Arts { 361 } which I have prepared, four years since, and particularly directed since the Beginning of the last year. The Consistency which it has acquired firstly by the Recommendation of the Academy of Sciences, and since by many Proofs of the Protection of their Majesty's, make me hope, Sir, that you will be so good as to contribute to the success of this enterprize by all the Means in your Power, and particularly, in honouring with your Presence, the Assembly of the Learned, the Artists, and the distinguished Strangers who are a Part of it; and above all, that of Wednesday next, the first after the Vacancies [holidays] of Autumn.
I take the Liberty of begging this favour, in the name of the Learned and Artists, who desire to have you a Judge of their Labours, and protector of their Talents. I Will not be Less flatter'd, Sir, than they, to be able to pay you the Hommage of my Glory and of my Successes.
I am with an infinite Respect, Sir &c.
[signed] de la Blancherie1
RC and translation (Adams Papers).
1. There is no indication that JA responded to this invitation from Pahin Champlain de La Blancherie, who, between 1778 and 1788, sought to create an international center for the promotion of relations between learned men. In pursuit of this goal he established a “Salon de correspondance,” where meetings could be held at no charge, and a periodical, Nouvettes de la République des Lettres et des Arts, to which JA subscribed in 1782 (Hoefer, Nouv. biog. générale ; Jefferson, Papers , 12:99, 317).

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0231

Author: Price, Richard
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Date: 1779-01-18

Richard Price to the Commissioners

Dr. Price returns his best thanks to the Honourable Benjamin Franklin, Arthur Lee, and John Adams Esquires, for conveying to him the resolution of Congress of the 6th. of October last, by which he is invited to become a member of the united States, and to give his assistance in regulating their Finances.1 It is not possible for him to express the Sense he has of the honour which this resolution does him, and the Satisfaction with which he reflects on the favourable opinion of him which has occasioned it. But he knows himself not to be Sufficiently qualified for giving Such assistance; and he is So connected in this country, and also advancing So fast into the evening of life, that he cannot think of a removal. He requests the favour of the honourable Commissioners to transmit this reply to Congress, with assurances that Dr. Price feels the warmest gratitude for the notice taken of him, and that he looks to the American States as now the hope, and likely Soon to become the refuge of mankind.2
RC (PHi: Franklin Papers).
{ 362 }
1. Richard Price of Newington Green was a dissenting minister and friend of Benjamin Franklin, Joseph Priestly, and later JA . His strong support of the American cause in pamphlets and sermons, as well as his writings on extinguishing the national debt, led congress to seek his assistance in putting its finances in order ( DNB ). In their letter of 7 Dec. 1778 (CtY: Franklin Papers), the Commissioners had transmitted the congress' resolution and offered to pay Price's expenses to America. Benjamin Franklin informed the congress of Price's refusal in his letter to the Committee for Foreign Affairs of 26 May (PCC, No. 82, I, f. 135).
2. For an elaboration of the sentiments expressed here, as well as Price's compliments to Franklin and JA , see a copy of his letter to Arthur Lee of this date in PCC, No. 102, II, f. 362–365.