The Mission, Sir, with which the Congress has charged Mr. John Adams, is of such importance,
that Mr. Gerard and I have thought it necessary to take measures the most prompt and
the most certain to assure his Passage. We have accordingly proposed to Congress to
take Advantage of your Frigate, for the conveyance of that Minister; and our Proposition
has been accepted: Nevertheless the Congress have of their own Accord, inserted the
Condition, that Mr. Adams should make the convenient Arrangements for his Departure,
in a reasonable time, so that your Frigate may not be detained too long. I therefore
reitterate the prayer, which I have already made to you, Sir, to concert with Mr.
Adams, concerning the measures, which he shall judge convenient to take for his departure….4
I hope, considering the nature of the circumstance, The Minister will entirely approve
the delay which you may be obliged to make, of your departure; and I am persuaded
on the other hand that Mr. John Adams will make with all possible celerity the preparations
for his Embarkation. &c. &c. Compliments &c.
I think entirely, Sir, as Mr. The Chevalier De La Luserne thinks, and I unite my Requests
with his, and Compliments &c. &c.