. See the letters exchanged by JA
and Vergennes in June and July (above). For Vergennes' letter to Franklin of 31 July
and Franklin's letter of 9 Aug. to the president of Congress, see Editorial Note
, The Dispute with the Comte de Vergennes, 13–29 July (above). For JA
's negative response to Franklin's advice, see his reply of 30 Nov.
(below). There JA
seems to indicate that he did not receive Franklin's letter until the date of his
reply, despite the fact that it was carried by James Searle, who arrived in Amsterdam
and met with JA
on or about 23 Oct. (to Edmund Jenings, 23 Oct.