This was a cover letter for that of 2 March from Antoine Court de Gébelin to the President
and Corporation presenting the first six volumes of Gébelin's nine volume Monde primitif
to the college. John Adams' letter, except for the formal opening and closing, and
excerpts from Court de Gébelin's letter, are printed in note 2
to a letter of 13 Oct. 1780 from Edward Wigglesworth, treasurer of Harvard College,
(Adams Family Correspondence
, 4:4–6). That note also contains an account of the means by which the six volumes
reached their destination.