Recipient: Lee, Richard Henry
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Passy, 25 July 1778. printed:JA, Diary and Autobiography
. In this letter, the last copied from Adams' Letterbooks into his Autobiography for
the period of the first mission, he thanked Lee for his letter of 13 May
(above), described his voyage to France, and commented on the European political
situation which he saw as unfavorable to Great Britain. Adams also mentioned French
enthusiasm for the American cause—he had “never seen a French Tory”—the problems caused
by the lack of funds, and his difficulties with the French language. Finally, he assured
Lee that Beaumarchais' accounts would be closely examined.