Papers of John Adams, volume 17

To Thomas Barclay

From Thomas Jefferson

To William Stephens Smith, 19 September 1785 Adams, John Smith, William Stephens
To William Stephens Smith
Dear Sir Grosvenor Square Septr. 19. 1785

I have recd your Favours from Harwich, Amsterdam and Berlin, and congratulate you on your Reception by the King of Prussia.1

I Shall have much Occasion for your Assistance but Still I would not advise you, to leave Paris without Spending a Week or Ten Days there and being presented by Mr Jefferson to the King, provided there is a Court day at Versailles.

I have been much pressed with Business since you left me, but by the Help of Mr Storer and Coll Franks I have got through. the former is now embarked if not Sailed for New York and I have no Assistance whatever2

with great Esteem your Friend & / sert

John Adams

RC (private owner, 2004); internal address: “Coll Smith.”


WSS’s letter from Berlin was of 5 Sept., above. For the other two letters, neither of which has been found, see note 1 to that letter. WSS also wrote a 5 Sept. letter to AA , to which she replied on 18 Sept. ( AFC , 6:340–342, 365–366, 368–369).


For the departures of Charles Storer and David Franks, both apparently on 19 Sept., see AA’s letter of 18 Sept., same, p. 369.