Papers of John Adams, volume 9

To M. de Kemtenstrauss

To the President of Congress, No. 81

To Benjamin Pierce, 10 June 1780 JA Pierce, Benjamin


To Benjamin Pierce, 10 June 1780 Adams, John Pierce, Benjamin
To Benjamin Pierce
Sir Paris June 10. 1780 1

I have received your Letter of June the 1st. I am very Sorry for the Discontent uneasinesses on board the Alliance, which you mention 404in your Letter, and if there was any Thing in my Power to do to remove them, I would very chearfully do it. But as it belongs to the Department of another Gentleman, entirely distinct from mine, it is not possible for me to be informed of the facts but if I knew all the facts perfectly I have no kind of authority to give any opinion about them. I hope all things will however be soon, settled to Satisfaction. Please to return my respects to the Gentlemen, you mention. I am respectfully, your humble servant.

LbC (Adams Papers) .


This is JA's first response to appeals from Pierce and others to intervene in the dispute over the command of the Alliance. For a more detailed explanation of JA's reasons for not intervening, see his letter to Pierre Landais of 20 June (below).