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. Jonathan Loring Austin (1748–1826) had brought the news of Burgoyne's defeat from America to France in 1777 and during
the following summer had acted as JA
's secretary in Passy; see the note on him in JA, Diary and Autobiography
, and references there. His current mission, which was to borrow money and obtain
supplies in Europe for Massachusetts, is fully detailed in Richard Cranch's letter
of the present date, which follows. Austin sailed on 29 Jan. in the Zephir Packet
, which was captured at sea, the letters he carried were thrown overboard, and Austin
was taken to England but contrived to obtain his release and to make his way to the
; William Singleton Church [i.e. Thomas Digges] to JA
, London, 14 April
, Adams Papers
, 12 May
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2014.