Papers of John Adams, volume 9

To Edmund Jenings

To Arnold Henri Dohrman

To Bidé de Chavagnes, 16 May 1780 JA Chavagnes, Bidé de


To Bidé de Chavagnes, 16 May 1780 Adams, John Chavagnes, Bidé de
To Bidé de Chavagnes
My dear Sir Paris May 16 1780

I have two agreable friendly Letters from you, unanswered. The last is dated the 4th.1 I am much obliged, by your kind Remembrance of me. I hope to have the Pleasure to see you Some day or other at Paris, and to introduce you, to the Gentleman you mention.2


As to making Peace, the Time is not yet come. We must wait, untill you have well beaten the English, and it would not be well to deprive you of the opportunity of acquiring Laurels. According to all Appearances, however the English will go to leward this Campain. Their affairs in the West Indies, are in a bad Way, in the french prosperous. It will not be altered in favour of the English by the Squadrons from Brest and Cadiz.

For the Soul of me, I can learn nothing of my Trunks. Pray write me what is become of them.3 Mr Dana Mr Thaxter and the young Gentlemen all well, desire me to send their respects to you. I am, my dear sir, with great Esteem &c.

LbC (Adams Papers.)


Chavagnes' last known letter prior to that of 4 May was of ca. 2 March (both above).


Benjamin Franklin.


For JA's efforts to obtain his baggage sent on La Sensible from El Ferrol, see Chavagnes' letter of ca. 2 March , and note 4 (above).