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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0136

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Author: Lee, Arthur
Author: Adams, John
Author: First Joint Commission at Paris
Recipient: Vergennes, Charles Gravier, Comte de
Date: 1778-11-12

The Commissioners to the Comte de Vergennes

[salute] Sir

The Alliance between this Kingdom, and the United States of America, is an Event of such Magnitude in their History, that We conceive it would be highly pleasing to our Constituents, to have the Picture of <their> his Majesty their illustrious <Friend and> Ally, to be kept in some Public Place where the Congress sits.
We would carefully avoid every Thing which would be disagreable <to the King and Queen>, and would therefore submit this Proposal to your Excellencys Consideration: and if you should be of opinion that no offence would be given, We request, your Excellencys kind offices, to procure Us for the Benefit of our Constituents, the Pictures of their Majestys the King and Queen, that Posterity, as well as those of the present Generation who may never have an opportunity of seeing those Royal Personages, may become acquainted with the nearest Resemblances of them, which the Arts have devised.1
1. If sent, this letter brought no results. It was not until 1784 that portraits of the King and Queen arrived in America, and then it was in response to the congress' request contained in its congratulatory message of 15 June 1779 to Louis XVI on the birth of his first child, Marie Thérèse Charlotte (JCC, 14:737; 26:239–241).

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0137

Author: Williams, Jonathan
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-11-12

From Jonathan Williams

[salute] Sir

My last1 informed you of my Intention to send you by the Messagerie2 a Case of old W. India Spirit, and at the same time I requested you to send a dozen to Mr. Alexander and a dozen to Dr. Bancroft. I have now to inform you that it left Nantes last Saturday accompanied with an acquit a Caution which I request you to return to me properly indorsed at the Bureau at Paris. I must beg your particular attention to this formality, as otherwise I shall be subject to pay a heavy Duty and perhaps a Fine, Rum being contraband.
I have the honour to be with great Respect Sir Your most obed Ser.
[signed] Jona Williams
P.S. There is a Packet in the Case, addressed to Mr. Alexander, which please to send to him.3
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1. Of 27 Oct. (not found), but see JA to Williams, 8 Nov. (above).
2. The state-controlled overland shipping company (Larousse, Grand dictionnaire universel).
3. The postscript was written in the left margin.
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, 2018.