Papers of John Adams, volume 13

From the Marquis de Lafayette

From Alexander Hope

517 To John Jay, 7 October 1782 JA Jay, John


To John Jay, 7 October 1782 Adams, John Jay, John
To John Jay
The Hague Oct 7. 1782 Dear Sir

Your favour of 28 Ult. was brought me last night.1

On Fryday last I was notified, by the Messenger of their H.M. that the Treaties would be ready for Signature on Monday (this day). I am accordingly at Noon, to go to the Assembly and finish the Business. But when this is done, Sometime will be indispensable, to prepare my Dispatches for Congress and look out for the most favourable Conveyances, for them. I must also Sign another Thousand of Obligations at least, that the Loan may not Stand Still. All this Shall be dispatched with all the Diligence, in my Power, but it will necessarily take up sometime, and my health is so far from being robust, that it will be impossible for me to ride, with as much rapidity, as I could formerly, although never remarkable for a quick Traveller. If any Thing in the mean time Should be in agitation, concerning Peace, in which there Should be any difference of opinion between you, and your Colleague, you have a right to insist upon informing me, by Express, or waiting till I can come.


The Signature was put off yesterday, till to day, by the Princes being in Conference with their H. M. and laying his orders to the Navy before them.2

With entire Esteem, your most obt. J. Adams

RC (NNC: John Jay Papers;) endorsed: “Mr Adams 7 Oct 1782 Recd 14 Do.” and “Recd 14 Octr.”


This letter (Adams Papers) notified JA of the arrival of Richard Oswald's commission of 21 Sept. , above, and requested that he come to Paris as soon as possible.


In response to the States of Holland and West Friesland's resolution of 27 Sept. that was presented to William V on 3 October. See JA's letter of 5 Oct. to Livingston, and note 3, above.