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Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0045-0002

Author: Chabanel, Mme. V.
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-05-31

Mme. V. Chabanel to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I have eagerly asked Mr. Baron de Brederode, the current chamberlain to his royal and imperial majesty, and colonel in the state's service, to deliver this letter to you so that I may be informed of your health, which, I hope, is perfect, as well as the health of the inestimable Mr. Thaxter, who I have heard has been very ill with fevers. I hope I was misinformed but if not, I do wish him a quick recovery.
The Baron and his wife are good friends for whom I have great respect. He is man of great spirit and is a zealous patriot who wishes to make your excellency's acquaintance. He has often asked me to introduce him, but I have often missed the opportunity.
Tuesday, I received letters from my nephew Le Roy dated 11 March from Havana. The embargo prevents him from continuing his voyage to Philadelphia, which is very distressing for him and for me. Mr. van Hasselt and Brailsford are going to Carolina on the commodore's ship, which has not { 90 } | view yet arrived. However, my nephew does not dare go on board, being committed to taking passage with Dr. Waterhouse for Philadelphia. Mr. Gillon's five prizes brought 250,000 f instead of 1,100,000 f they would get here.1 My nephew had quite a setback on this voyage, and the commodore's health suffered as well.
I have been indisposed for a while now with a weakness in my chest, and my young daughter has had fevers continuously for three weeks now.
My whole family sends their deep respects for your excellency, which we hope you will hold in your memory as an assurance of the highest esteem and veneration, sir, of your very humble obedient servant
[signed] V. Chabanel2
Nee Le Roÿ
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Mad. Chabanelle May 31. 1782.”
1. For Gillon's sale of his prizes at Havana, see note 2 to JA's letter of 10 April to La Vauguyon (vol. 12:402). The figure given here in florins is approximately equal to the sum given there in pounds sterling.
2. For Madame Chabanel and her nephew, Herman Le Roy, see AFC, 4:148; JQA, Diary, 1:76–89passim.

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0046

Author: Grand, Henry
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-05-31

From Henry Grand

[salute] Sir

Pursuant to Doctor Franklin's Approbation I have Settled your Account in the only way you could admit of, that is to Say I have given you credit for the sum you ordered to Mr. Dana's Account   £6857.   3    
adding to that the Ballance I owed you on the 10th. of sept of   2557.   16    
makes up a sum of   £ 9414.   19    
from which there is to be deducted                
1st. the £400. making with the charges   Bf 4045.2            
   at 53   £9158.   14.   3   }   9221.   18.   3  
2dly. the two payments made to Chavann de la Giraudiere of 31.4 and 32   63.   4.    
I Stant your Debter of   £ 193.    .   9  
which I request Messrs. Fizeaux Grand & ce. to pay you by Bf 86. 9. I shall be happy to hear you approve of all this.
The Wine is not yet all gone, but I hope very Shortly to be able to give you in an Account of what it cleared.
I forbear talking Politicks till fortune of War presents me with a fairer Opportunity, meantime I remain with great Respect sir Your most obt hble st.
[signed] Grand
{ 91 }
RC (Adams Papers); notation: “6 June 1782 Recd this 86f. 9. of Mr Fizeaux &c for which I gave two Receipts to serve for one. J. Adams.”
1. With this letter Henry Grand closed the controversy over JA's account that had begun with Grand's letter of 29 Jan. 1781 (vol. 11:87–88). From JA's viewpoint it involved a straightforward transfer of funds to Francis Dana, but considerable confusion resulted when Grand and JA sought to reconcile JA's account. For the correspondence dealing with the matter see the indexes to volumes 11 and 12.
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