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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0263-0001

Author: Bérenger, Laurent
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-05

From Laurent Bérenger

[salute] Monsieur

Je viens de recevoir une Lettre de Mr. le Comte de Vergennes par laquelle il m'ordonne d'avoir l'honneur de vous dire, que les intérêts des Etats unis exigent votre presence à Paris, et qu'il desireroit que vous voulassiez bien vous y rendre, aussitôt que vos affaires en Hollande vous le permettront; Je vous Supplie, Monsieur, de me faire part de vos intentions à cet egard, afin que je puisse en informer, M. { 354 } le Comte de Vergennes.1 J'ose me flater que vous me donnerez cette marque de bonté, et que vous Serez bien persuadé du plaisir que j'ai à Saisir cette occasion de vous offrir l'hommage du devouement et du respect avec lesquels j'ai L'honneur d'être Monsieur Votre très humble et très obéissant Serviteur
[signed] Berenger
Secretaire du L'ambassade de france

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0263-0002

Author: Bérenger, Laurent
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-05

Laurent Bérenger to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I just received a letter from the Comte de Vergennes in which he gave me the honor to tell you that the interests of the United States require your presence in Paris, and that he desires that you go there as soon as your affairs in Holland permit you to leave. I ask you, sir, to inform me of your intentions regarding this matter so that I may inform M. le Comte de Vergennes.1 I dare flatter myself to think that you will grant me this kindness, and that you will be persuaded of the pleasure that I derive on this occasion in offering to you the devotion and respect with which I have the honor to be, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Bérenger
Secretary to the French Embassy
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Mr Berenger's Letter recd the Evening of the 6. June 1781.”
1. Bérenger was acting in the absence of the Duc de La Vauguyon, who was at Paris and did not return with his family until 22 June (Gazette de Leyde, 26 June). This letter was the French government's first official communication to JA regarding the proposed Austro-Russian mediation of the Anglo-French war, despite JA's status as the sole American in Europe empowered to enter into peace negotiations. For Vergennes' reluctance to confer with him about the mediation, see JA's second letter of 16 May to the president of Congress, above.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0264

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-05

From Benjamin Franklin

[salute] Sir

I have received the honour of your Letter dated the 25th. past, advising me of your Drafts for Forty Thousand Livres payable to the Order of Captain Joiner, which I shall accept when they appear.1
No specific Sum having been mentioned to me by Col. Laurens, as what would be wanted to fulfil his Orders in Holland, I think myself obliged to acquaint your Excellency that I fear my Funds will not permit my furnishing more than about 15000 £ Sterling in the whole, that is, to pay for the Purchase of the Goods that had been bought by Commodore Gillon, and such others as Col. Laurens has himself ordered.
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I just now hear by some intelligent Persons who left London last Tuesday, that it was understood the Indienne would sail about the Beginning of this Month, and that some Ships were ordered to cruise for her.

[salute] I have the honour to be, Sir, Your Excellency's most obedient and most humble Servant

[signed] B Franklin
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed by John Thaxter: “Dr. Franklin 5th. June 1781.”
1. For JA's letter to Franklin of 25 May (LbC, Adams Papers), see William Jackson's letter of 10 May, above. JA also wrote to Franklin on 14 June that he had drawn in favor of Fizeaux & Grand bills of exchange totaling 29,500 ecus or crowns (LbC, Adams Papers).
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