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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0076

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-12-06

From Benjamin Franklin

[salute] Sir

I am honour’d with your Excellency’s Letters of the 22d and 26th. past. The Proposal relating to the Goods was, you say, more unreasonable than you expected. It did not so much surprise me, who { 117 } possess a former Sample exactly of the same Stile and Sentiment, and I therefore think this to be of the same Author.1 His Professions of Disinterestedness with regard to his Shares, are in my Opinion deceitful, and I think that the less we have to do with that Shark, the better; his Jaws are too strong, his Teeth too many, and his appetite immensely voracious.
The Proposals of Ingraham & Bromfield appear more reasonable. I have communicated them to Mr. Barclay, the Consul, who is arrived here with full Powers to take into his Care any Property of the United States. He sets out to day for Amsterdam in order to take Care of those Goods, and will have the honour of delivering to you this Letter. You will, I am certain, afford him your Counsel, and all the assistance in your Power: I begin to see more Daylight with regard to our Funds, and believe I may be able to furnish him with sufficient to disengage the Goods and pay their Freight: But if he judges a Part of them less immediately necessary, and that they may be sold without too much Loss, to raise the Money wanted, that Method will I think be preferable.
I thank you for the Copy of the Instructions. I had received another, and communicated it to the Count de Vergennes.

[salute] With great Respect, I have the honour to be Sir Your most obedient and most humble Servt

[signed] B Franklin
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Dr Franklin Decr. 6. 1781.”
1. That is, Jean de Neufville.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0077-0001

Author: La Vauguyon, Paul François de Quélen de Stuer de Causade, Duc de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-12-07

From the Duc de La Vauguyon

J’ay reçu Monsieur La lettre que vous m’avez fait L’honneur de m’ecrire, et la copie que vous avez bien voulu m’addresser des resolutions prises le 16 aoust dernier par le congrés des etats unis de l’amerique septentrionale. Je me flatte Monsieur que vous ne doutez pas de mon empressement a concerter avec vous Les mesures ulterieures qu’elles pourront exiger; Des que Le Roy m’y aura authorisé; mais jusques a ce que Sa Majesté m’ait fait parvenir Ses ordres a cet egard, je ne puis que vous renouveller l’assurance de mon zéle pour tout ce qui interesse la cause commune de la france et de l’amerique Septentrionale, ainsi que celle de la Satisfaction particuliere que me procureront dans toutes Les circonstances mes relations avec vous.
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[salute] J’ay L’honneur d’etre Monsieur avec Les Sentiments inviolables de la Consideration la plus distinguée Votre tres humble et tres obeissant Serviteur

[signed] Le Duc De La vauguyon
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.