Papers of John Adams, volume 15

To Elbridge Gerry

The American Peace Commissioners to David Hartley

264 From David Hartley, [6 September 1783] Hartley, David Adams, John
From David Hartley
My Dear Sir Hôtel de Yorck [6 September 1783]1

I told you last night that I felt myself unwell with the Commencement of a complaint on my breast. I am this morning obliged to be bled. I shd be very much obliged to you if you wd be so good as to prevail upon your Collegues to favour me with a visit this morning as I really cannot come out myself. The sooner the better, because I hope with bleeding & one day’s nursing that I may get off for England tomorrow.2 I am very impatient to take that journey wch I hope may contribute to lay foundations for good things in future. I am Dear Sir / Your much obliged friend / & humble Servt

D Hartley

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “To His Excellency / J Adams Esqr &c &c &c.” Filmed at [1783].


This date is derived from JA’s 6 Sept. letter acknowledging Hartley’s letter of that morning reporting his “Indisposition” (private owner, 1962).


Hartley left Paris on the morning of 8 Sept. and reached London on the evening of the 11th (Hartley to Benjamin Franklin, 7 Sept., MiU-C:Hartley Papers; London Gazette, 9–13 Sept.), but see also Charles Storer’s letter of 13 Sept., below.