Recipient: Adams, Abigail
[dateline] L'orient May 14. 1779
[salute] My dearest Friend
I am taking an Opportunity by every Vessell that is going to inform you, that I am
coming home as soon as possible. In Six or Seven Weeks I hope to have the Pleasure
to see you, and my other Friends.
The new French Ambassador, who goes out to relieve Mr. Gerard, will go in the same
We can get no News from America of any Consequence, and not a syllable of any Kind
from Congress. There is but one Piece of News in Europe of any Importance, and that
is from Holland and may be depended on, that the States General on the 26 of April,
took the Resolution to convoy their Trade, notwithstanding Sir Joseph Yorks Memorial,
and to fit out directly Thirty two Ships of War, for that Purpose—an important Event,
which must have great Consequences.1
—My Duty, Love and Respect, wherever due.