Papers of John Adams, volume 16

From Thomas Jefferson

To Benjamin Franklin

John Adams to Thomas Barclay, 27 July 1784 Adams, John Barclay, Thomas
To Thomas Barclay
Sir The Hague July 27. 1784.

I have a Letter from Mr: Jefferson of 19. June by which it appears, that he will be at Paris by the Latter end of August, where I am to join him and Dr: Franklin in the Execution of orders which he brings with him. Will you be so good as to give me, the Earliest Notice, of his Arrival, and that of Coll: Humphreys who may be expected before him.

My Friends have arrived in London, will come here and go with me to Paris, in time to meet Mr: Jefferson on his Arrival. If the 285 House at Auteuil or that you hinted at in your Last were at Leisure I should be glad to employ it. your’s &c.

This will be delivered by Mr: Bingham, a son of Lord Lucas, a worthy youth.1

LbC in JQA’s hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr: Barclay.”; APM Reel 107.


This is Richard Bingham, son of Charles Bingham, Baron Lucan of Castlebar. He also carried JA’s letter of this date to Benjamin Franklin, whose reply of 6 Aug., below, indicates that Bingham had reached Paris on or about 5 Aug. ( DNB , entry on Margaret Bingham).