. Thomas Bee was at this time a South Carolina delegate to the Continental Congress
(Biog. Dir. Cong.
). Alexander Gillon, a naval adventurer from South Carolina, was in Europe attempting
to raise funds and buy vessels for his state's war effort; see a note on him in JA, Diary and Autobiography
; also under Benjamin Waterhouse to JA
, 26 Dec.
, below. At Paris early in July, JA
had entrusted Gillon with several consignments of letters to America to find conveyance
for at Amsterdam; see Thaxter's note following entries for 6 and 8 July 1780 in Lb/JA/12
(Adams Papers, Microfilms
, Reel No. 100). But since no letters to AA
are specified in these lists, it is not clear, though it is quite possible, that
Lovell is here forwarding a letter to her from JA