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Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0144-0001

Author: Luzac, Jean
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-10-19

From Jean Luzac

[salute] Monsieur

De retour d'une absence de chez moi j'ai trouvé la Lettre, dont vous m'avez honoré en date de Lundi dernier.1 Je dois vous demander pardon, que je n'aie pu accélérer jusqu'ici davantage la publication du Pamphlet. Des affaires de Famille imprévuës, qui me sont survenuës depuis ce tems, particulièrement la mort d'une Parente, qui m'a causé de fréquents voyages hors de Ville, m'ont ôté une grande partie du loisir nécessaire pour la soigner avec la promtitude, que je m'étois proposé. J'espère d'en avoir davantage à présent, et vous pouvez compter, Monsieur, sur tout mon zèle pour achever la publication en peu de jours. Dès que l'impression sera finie, j'aurai l'honneur de vous envoyer le nombre d'Exemplaires desiré. Agréez en attendant mes excuses et les assurances du respect, avec lequel je suis, Monsieur, de Votre Excellence, Le très humble & très obéissant serviteur,
[signed] J: Luzac
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J'avois dessein de vous écrire hier au soir, lorsque la venuë de Mr. Searle m'a procuré l'occasion de vous faire parvenir la présente par ses mains.

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0144-0002

Author: Luzac, Jean
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-10-19

Jean Luzac to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

Upon returning home, I found the letter that you honored me with of last Monday.1 Please accept my apologies for thus far being unable to speed up the publication of the pamphlet. Unexpected family matters, particularly the death of a relative, have caused me to make frequent trips out of town and have deprived me of the leisure necessary to address myself to the task as promptly as I had intended. I hope to have more time now, and you can count on my full efforts to finish the publication in a few days. As soon as it is printed, I will have the honor to send you the desired number of copies. In the meantime, please accept my apologies and the assurances of respect, sir, with which I am your Excellency's most humble and most obedient servant,
[signed] J: Luzac
I planned to write last night, when Mr. Searle's visit provided the opportunity to deliver this by his hand.
1. Of 15 Oct. (above).

Docno: ADMS-06-10-02-0145

Author: Mazzei, Philip
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-10-19

From Philip Mazzei

[salute] Dear Sir

I shall make no apology for troubling you, Sir, as you have been so Kind as to grant me that liberty. I hope you received by Mr. Celesia my preceeding letter of 19th. August, inclosed in which there was one for the Govr. of Virginia numbered 21. You will find here the following, numbered 22, which I beg you to peruse, and forward to its destination.1 You will see by it that after Mr. Celesia left Genoa I remained there some time, and had good success with the People towards disposing them in our favour. But what can I do, my dear Sir, without powers to act, and even any thing to show? I find however that in money-matter they incline more to deal with Congress, than with a separate State.
Pray, Sir, take the trouble to write to Mr. Jefferson and other Friends, and procure that I may not be Kept here inactive at the time of our greatest wants. I shall ever be obliged to you for the favour of an answer to both my letters, and would be glad to Know by which { 293 } vessels those for Virginia are sent, inclusive my private for Mr. Jefferson, which I left with you. With my best compliments to Mr. Dana and Mr. Thaxtarr I have the honour to be most respectfully, Sir Your Excellcy: most Obedient & most humble Servant
[signed] Philip Mazzei
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Mr Mazzei. Florence 19. Octr. 1780. recd. 17 Jany. and ansd. 18. 1781.”
1. For Mazzei's letters to Thomas Jefferson of 19 Aug. and 19 Oct., see Jefferson, Papers, 3:557; 4:51–52.
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.