Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To Thomas Barclay

From C. W. F. Dumas

John Bondfield to John Adams, 25 May 1784 Bondfield, John Adams, John
From John Bondfield
Sir Paris 25 may 1784

You will have receiv’d advice before this of the departure of Mr Jay for London. I was at Passi on friday the Docter askd me if I had seen you and if you intended to come up. I told him that from some words you made use of I judged that you had had intention to come to paris but that some difficulties at present were obstacles to your design.1 Mr Laurence has also been at paris but only past throw in his Journey from the South of France to England. the Docter is here alone. Mr Hartley is at Paris as I am not of the Circle that surround Passi I am entirely a stranger to what passes

The Coffee House politicians are divided in their sentiments of the Event of the Emperors claim on Holland it furnishes them matter for debates2 with respect I have the Honor to be Sir / Your very hbl Servt

John Bondfield Hotel de valois—

RC (Adams Papers).


It is not known when Bondfield, the U.S. agent at Bordeaux and longtime friend of JA, had spoken with JA concerning his return to Paris. If it was in the form of correspondence, the letters are not extant.


For the Austro-Dutch conflict over the opening of the Scheldt River, see JA’s second letter of 13 May to the president of Congress, and note 1, above.