Papers of John Adams, volume 12

To Edmund Jenings

To John Bondfield

470 To Jn. Pas. Lacoste & Courtiau, 29 April 1782 JA Lacoste, Jn. Pas., & Courtiau (business) To Jn. Pas. Lacoste & Courtiau, 29 April 1782 Adams, John Lacoste, Jn. Pas., & Courtiau (business)
To Jn. Pas. Lacoste & Courtiau
Amsterdam April 29th. 1782 Gentlemen

I have recd. the polite Letter, which You did me the honor to write me on the 26th with the Letter from St. Petersbourg.1 Let me beg of You to give me a minute of the Postage of this and any other Letter You may recieve for me, that I may repay You.

You do me too much honor in ascribing the late glorious Event to me.2 It is the Result of a vast Combination of Causes which have been operating in several Nations and various Quarters of the Globe, in which I had very little more Influence than the Fly upon the Chariot Wheel in raising the Dust.

I do not however rejoice in it the less. It appears to me a foundation for Prosperity and Security to both Nations, whom may God bless.

I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, your obliged and obedient humble Servant

LbC in John Thaxter’s hand (Adams Papers).


The letter enclosed with Lacoste & Courtiau’s of 26 April (Adams Papers) may have been that of 8 April from Francis Dana, above. The Amsterdam firm forwarded letters from St. Petersburg on several occasions; see its letters of 18 and 22 July (Adams Papers) and JA’s reply of 14 Oct. (LbC, Adams Papers).


In their letter Lacoste & Courtiau congratulated JA on the glorious event, which they attributed to his sublime genius and profound wisdom.