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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0091-0001

Author: Sarsfield, Guy Claude, Comte de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-09

From the Comte de Sarsfield

Je vous ai, Monsieur, une obligation infinie de m'avoir procuré la connoissance de Monsieur Searle.1 Je n'en ai encore gueres profité. Je n'ay eu Lhonneur De le voir qu'une fois; mais J'espere que mercredi nous boirons ensemble a votre Santé. Il m'a appris que vous restiez en Hollande dont Je ne vous cacherai pas que J'ay eté faché, apres quoy, par reflexion, J'ay pensé qu'il falloit Etre bien aise de cequi vous convient le mieux.
Vous verrez, Monsieur qu'apres avoir vu commencer la Guerre partout, vous verrez naitre la paix. On en parle beaucoup icy dans ce moment mais J'ay de la peine a y croire pour ce moment cy. Ce Sera autre Chose l'hiver prochain. Il faut esperer que les Affaires pourront Se tourner de maniere a nous la donner. Au reste vous etes et par votre Etat, Monsieur, et par le pais que vous habitez bien plus aportée que moy de Savoir le plus ou le moins de fondement de ces bruits.
Je Suis faché que vous n'ayez pas eu la bonté de me dire quelque chose du commodore2 a qui Je prends beaucoup d'interét. Je vous prie de lui dire bien des choses pour moy quand vous le verrez Et d'etre bien persuadé des Sentimens d Attachement Avec lesquels Jay Lhe D Etre Monsieur Votre tres humble et tres obeisst Serviteur
[signed] Sarsfield3
The content of notes that appeared on this page in the printed volume has been moved to the end of a preceding document: C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams, 9 February 1781.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0091-0002

Author: Sarsfield, Guy Claude, Comte de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-09

The Comte de Sarsfield to John Adams: A Translation

I have an infinite obligation to you, sir, for providing my introduction to Mr. Searle.1 I have hardly been able to profit from it since I have only had the honor of seeing him once. But I hope that we can share a drink together on Wednesday and toast to your health. He told me that you have been staying in Holland, a fact, which I will tell you openly, made me angry. But after some reflection I thought this must be the best situation for you at this time.
You will see, sir, that after having seen the beginning of war everywhere, you will start to see the birth of peace. Everyone here is talking about it quite { 136 } a bit, but I can hardly believe it at the present time. It will be different come next winter. We must hope that the turn of events will bring us peace. Moreover, you are, sir, by your station and by the country in which you live, more able than I am to lend any credibility, or lack thereof, to these rumors.
I am distressed that you could not give me any news of the commodore,2 in whom I am very interested. Please give him my regards when you see him and be well persuaded of my sentiments of devotion with which I have the honor to be, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Sarsfield3
1. Sarsfield seems to indicate that JA had written him a letter introducing James Searle. If so, it has not been found.
2. Presumably Alexander Gillon.
3. For JA's friend and correspondent Guy Claude, Comte de Sarsfield, see vol. 9:228–229.
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, 2017.