Papers of John Adams, volume 16

From David Humphreys

From James Sullivan

Charles Storer to John Adams, 22 November 1784 Storer, Charles Adams, John
From Charles Storer
Sir, London. 22d. Novemr: 1784.

I had the honor of forwarding your Excellency a letter, received from Mr: Dumas, by the Post before last.—1 It came to hand a day or two before; but, not being able to find a private hand so soon as I imagined, from Mr: Dumas’ letter to me, that it was necessary you should have it, I concluded it best & therefore forwarded it by the Post under cover to your Son— Mr: Dumas writes me that, (things being in an uneasy, unsettled State in the low Countries at present,) he shall continue to forward to me his dispatches to you, to which be assured, Sir, I shall give my best attention. In the mean time, Sir, I should be happy to know if you receive the above letter safe, & desired your Son to write me by return of Post.—

From the obligations I have to you, Sir, of which I am fully 433 sensible, I can only say that I shall always be happy to receive your Commands, when & where you may think proper to entrust me with them; and whatever mode of executing them you choose to point out, as best, shall be particularly attended to.—

I am, Sir, with best Compliments & respects to yourself & family, / Your Most obligd, humle: servt:

Charles Storer.

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency, John Adams Esqr:.”


Storer forwarded C. W. F. Dumas’ 7 Nov. letter to JA, above, under cover to JQA on the 16th. JQA received the letter on the 22d, apparently acknowledging its arrival by return post, as Storer had requested, and writing more fully to Storer on the 23d (Adams Papers). JA acknowledged receipt of Dumas’ letter when he wrote to Storer on 12 Dec. (LbC, APM Reel 107).