Recipient: La Luzerne, Anne César, Chevalier de
[dateline] Braintree, 17 October 1779.
John Adams, thanking La Luzerne for his letter of 29 Sept.
(calendared above) congratulating him on his appointment as minister to negotiate
the peace, confessed to some diffidence about his ability to undertake so difficult
a task. He added, however, that the unanimity with which the congress had acted, after
that body had been so long distressed over its foreign affairs and divided in its
opinion of most of its diplomats, gave him a deep sense of the honor done him. Adams
then expressed his regard for La Luzerne, and his confidence that La Luzerne's negotiations
would benefit both allies and strengthen the ties binding them. He closed by thanking
La Luzerne for arranging his passage to France on La Sensible
, and promised that, as soon as he received his dispatches from congress, he would
decide whether to return to Europe on that ship.