Papers of John Adams, volume 10

From Benjamin Rush

To Samuel Cooper Johonnot

To Benjamin Franklin, 24 October 1780 JA Franklin, Benjamin To Benjamin Franklin, 24 October 1780 Adams, John Franklin, Benjamin
To Benjamin Franklin
Sir Amsterdam October 24. 1780

I have this moment the Honour of your Letter of the twentyeth of this Month and it is, as cold Water to a thirsty Soul.

I have been busily employed in making Enquiries, in forming Acquaintances and in taking Advice. In hopes of Mr. Laurens's Arrival, and wishing him to judge for himself, I have not decided, upon some Questions that necessarily arise. I am not able to promise any Thing but I am led to hope, for Something. The Contents of Mr. Jays Letter, will certainly be of great Weight and Use. I am assured of the good Will of a Number of very worthy and considerable People and that they will endeavour to assist a Loan.

Let me intreat your Excellency, to communicate to me every Thing you may further Learn respecting the benevolent Intentions of the Court of Madrid, respecting this Matter. I will do myself the Honour, to acquaint you with the Progress I make. I was before in hopes of assisting you Somewhat, and your Letter has raised those hopes a great deal, for the English Credit certainly Staggers here, a little.

The Treatment of Mr. Laurens is truly affecting. It will make a deep and lasting Impression on the Minds of the Americans, but this will not be a present Relief to him. You are no doubt minutely informed, of his ill Usage. Can any Thing be done in Europe for his Comfort or Relief?

I have the Honour to be, with respectfull Compliments to all Friends, sir, your most obedient humble servant

John Adams

RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers); endorsed: “J. Adams. Oct 24. 1780.”