Papers of John Adams, volume 15

From Benjamin Franklin

To the Comte de Sarsfield

To Antoine Marie Cerisier, 11 September 1783 Adams, John Cerisier, Antoine Marie
To Antoine Marie Cerisier
Dear Sir, Paris Septr. 11th. 1783.

I am extremely sorry to find by your last Letter,1 that your Health has been attacked again, but I hope it will not have any serious Consequences. I wish all the Success you can desire to your Application to Versailles, and if I should be called upon by the Minister, or have any other Opportunity to support it, consistent with Prudence, it will give me great pleasure to do it, because I think it would be a public Service to France— But as it is wholly out of my Department, & I have not so much Credit with that Minister as I wish I had upon this Occasion, I am afraid that any voluntary Interference of mine, might do you more harm than good.

I am informed from the President of Congress, that they have resolved to send a Commission to me. Mr. Franklin and Mr. Jay, to treat of Commerce with Great Britain, so that I shall not return to America this Year— Perhaps we may find it necessary to go to London, & I may again have the pleasure of seeing you in Holland.

With great Esteem, I have the honor &c

LbC in John Thaxter’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr. Cerisier.”; APM Reel 106.


Of 3 Sept., above.