On the fifth of November 1779 I wrote to the Chevalier De Chavagne1
the Captain of the French Frigate The Sensible, that I had received all my dispatches
from Congress and would be ready to embark and sail in Eight days. That the Persons
who were to go with me, would be Mr. Dana who was Secretary to my Commission and Chargé
D'Affaires, Mr. Thaxter my private Secretary, my two Sons, John, twelve Years old,
and Charles nine, and one Servant for me and another for Mr. Dana, in all seven Persons.
That Mr. Dana was a Gentleman of principal Rank in this Country, a Member of Congress
and of the Council of Massachusetts Bay and now in a very important Commission, which
made it necessary for me to request, that a particular Attention might be paid to
his Accommodation, and at least as much as to mine.