Papers of John Adams, volume 15

Sir Amsterdam, 3 September 1783

I believe I made it known to you that all my ambition is limited to obtaining a position in an office in France.1 A new attack that I just suffered to my health makes me think more seriously than ever about my project of coming back to settle in France. With this idea in mind, I took the liberty of writing directly to the Comte de Vergennes, and I made bold to mention to him that he would find all the witnesses he might require in you and the Duc de La Vauguyon, in case he might want to consider me. I believe you will not blame me for this stroke of audacity. On the contrary, if there is a way of working together with the duke to make the supreme arbiter of affairs look favorably on me, I dare to hope that you will not forget an honest man who would be eternally devoted to you. I have the honor of being with deep respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant

A. M. Cerisier