Papers of John Adams, volume 18

From John Paul Jones

From the Marquis de Lafayette

Dear sir Paris, 8 January 1786

Since my arrival I have been busy, as you know one always is after a long absence. I am starting to return to my usual self and avail myself of my first free moment to tell you that your servant is quite well, that he traversed the sea in three and a half hours, and happily brought in his carriage without paying duties because it arrived in Calais before the regulation went into effect, that he is very pleased with this success, that he is faring well having dined twice in America, the first time at the home of Chevalier de la Luzerne, the second the day before yesterday at Mr. Jefferson’s. He would be even happier if you would have been present for he would like you better here than where you are.

You did so well that I have promised you copies of all the rhapsodies which you have had the kindness of reading. Could you send me the titles of all those you have presently, so that I make no unnecessary copies? You would do me in truth a great pleasure. I sense that this gives you quite a burden in the midst of all of the responsibilities which you have, but you cannot conceive how much I am in want of copyists.1

At the two dinners I just mentioned to you I saw Mr. and Mrs. Bingham who will find you very shortly.2 I should like to find myself at the first dinner that you will give them.

Adieu my dear friend. Here is quite a short letter after having crossed the sea but I have no news to tell you. I have found all of your acquaintances here in good health. I assure, if you will, Mrs. and Miss Adams of my respect and you my dear friend of an attachment that will end only with my life.