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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0038

Author: Lee, William
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Date: 1778-09-17

William Lee to the Commissioners

[salute] Gentlemen

I wish to have a conference with you on a Subject1 that very materially concerns our Country which at present is a profound Secret to our Enemies or their Agents and must remain so 'till compleated, or the success will be interrupted; any hour therefore tomorrow (at 12 oClock or afterwards) when you are alone, that you may please to appoint, I will do myself the honour of waiting on you, and in the mean time I have the Honour to be with great regard, Gentlemen, Your most Obliged & Obedt. Humble Servant.
[signed] W. Lee
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RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); docketed: “Wm Lee.”; in another hand: “Sept. 17. 78.”
1. The draft treaty of amity and commerce between the United States and the Netherlands, signed on 4 Sept. at Aix-la-Chapelle by William Lee and Jan de Neufville. A copy of the draft, in the hand of William Lee, is in the Adams Papers and was probably given to the Commissioners by Lee when they met. See Dumas to the Commissioners, 4 Sept., and note 2 (above).

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0039-0001

Author: Chaumont, Jacques Donatien, Leray de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-09-18

From Leray de Chaumont

[salute] Monsieur

J'ay receu La lettre que vous m'avez fait L'honneur de m'ecrire Le 16 de ce mois, pour Scavoir quel est le pris du Loyer de ma maison que vous habitez pour le passé et pour L'avenir. Quand Je Consacray, Monsieur, ma maison a M. Franklin et a Ses Confreres qui voudroient vivre avec luy, Je me Suis Expliqué que je n'en voulois aucune retribution; parceque Je Sentois que vous aviez Besoin de tous vos moyens pour envoyer des Secours a votre patrie, ou pour soulager vos freres Sortants dés fers de vos ennemis. Laissez Je vous en suplie, Monsieur, subsister cet arrangement que J'ay fait dans un tems ou le Sort de votre patrie etoit problematique; quand elle Jouira de toutte Sa Splendeur, de pareilles Sacrifices de ma part Seroient Superflus et indignes d'elle: mais actuellement ils peuvent luy estre utils, et Je Suis trop heureux de vous les offrir. Les etrangers n'ont que faire, Monsieur, d'estre informée de mon precedé puisque vous voulez eviter leur Critique a ce Sujet. Tant pis pour Ceux qui n'en feroient pas autant que moy S'ils etoient a mesure, et tant mieux pour moy d'avoir immortalisé ma maison en y Recevant M. Franklin et Ses Confreres.
J'ay L'honneur d'estre avec le plus parfait respect Monsieur Votre tres humble et tres obeissant Servt
[signed] Leray de Chaumont1

Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0039-0002

Author: Chaumont, Jacques Donatien, Leray de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-09-18

Jacques Donatien Leray de Chaumont to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I have received the letter that you did me the honor to write on 16 September, asking me the rental price of my house in which you have been and will continue to reside in the future. When, sir, I lent my house to Mr. Franklin and his colleagues who wished to live with him, I explained that I did not want compensation because I felt that you needed all your resources to send aid to your country or to help your brothers escaping from the shackles of your enemy. Please, sir, let this arrangement, which I made at a time when your country's fate was still undecided, continue until it enjoys its full glory and such sacrifices on my part become superfluous and unworthy of your nation. But at present they can still be very useful and I am only too happy to be able { 54 } to do you this service. Strangers, sir, need not be informed of this arrangement since you wish to avoid criticism on the subject. Unfortunate are those who, had they the means, would not do as I do, and blessed am I to have immortalized my house by lodging Mr. Franklin and his colleagues.
I have the honor to be with the utmost respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Leray de Chaumont1
RC (Adams Papers); docketed: “Mr Chaumont 18 Septr. 1778.”
1. Also in the Adams Papers, but undated, is a note that may have been an enclosure in this letter. In it, perhaps in reference to JA's letter of 16 Sept., Chaumont asked JA to indicate exactly what accounts he wished to speak with him about.
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.
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