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Docno: ADMS-01-02-02-0009-0005-0017

Author: Adams, John
Date: 1779-06-28

June 28 Monday.

We have been favoured, in our Voyage hitherto, beyond my utmost Expectations. We have enjoyed a Succession of favourable Winds and Weather, from the Time of our leaving L'orient to this Moment.
The Discipline, on Board this Ship, is a constant Subject of Speculation to me. I have seen no Punishments inflicted, no Blows struck, nor heard scarcely an Angry Word spoken, from the Captain to any of his officers, or from any of the officers to the Men. They live together in greater Intimacy and Familiarity than any Family I ever saw. The Galliard or Quarter Deck, seems to be as open to the foremast Men as the Captain. Captain, all other Officers, the Ambassador, his Train, Common Sailors, and domestic Servants are all walking upon Deck, and sitting round upon Seats on it, upon a footing of perfect Equality that is not seen in one of our Country Town Meetings in America. I never saw so much Equality and Levelling in any Society, whatever. Strange Contrast to a British, or even an American Frigate. Landais is a great Mogul, in Comparison of Chevan.
One of the Officers have favoured me with the following
Etat Major, De la Fregate du Roy la Sensible. Messieurs
Bidè de Chavaigne, Capitaine de Vaisseaux Commandant la Fregate.  
Le Chevalier de Goabriant [Goësbriand], Enseigne de Vaisseaux   Lieutenant de Fregate pour la Campagne.  
Le Chevalier D'Arriardant.   idem  
Le Chevalier de Pincaire.   idem  
   Du Breville.   idem  
Garde la Marine Messieurs
Le Chevalier de Guerivierre.    
La Roche de St. Andrè.    
   Bergèrac Chirurgien Major.    
Le Pere Usem Capucin et Aumonier.1    
The Diversions on Board the Ship are very curious. The Officers and Men sing and dance in a Ring round the Capstain,2 on the Quarter deck, in fine Weather. The Men are in Parties at Cards in all Parts of the Ship.
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1. Some of the names in this “Etat Major” are more or less phonetically spelled, according to JA's habit.
2. Thus in MS. Silently corrected by CFA to “capstan.”
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.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/