. This was Isaac Smith Sr.'s letter of 26 Feb., of which JA
gives an account in this and the following paragraph. JA
's letter to Vergennes of 1 May (Arch. Aff. Etr., Paris
, Corr. Pol., E.-U., vol. 12), indicates that Smith's letter arrived on that date,
rather than the 2d as JA
seems to indicate here (see note 3).