Yorktown, 22 January 1778. RC
: Benjamin Rush, Letters
, 1:190–192. Whatever might be said about the graces needed at the French court, Rush
praised the choice of the “perfectly honest” Adams as commissioner.
Critical of American generalship, Rush yet dreaded the entry of France into the war
that most Americans longed for because in his view such help would prevent the maturing
of the nation, which could come about only by its remaining truly independent. Rush
explained that he went to Yorktown to resign his commission and to complain formally
about Dr. William Shippen's administration of the hospital service.