. This is the earliest known letter in which JA
indicates his intention to go to the Netherlands and the only letter in which he
gives his reasons for doing so and that his decision had apparently been made on or
about 2 July. This was immediately after his exchange with Vergennes over Congress'
revaluation of its currency and prior to his correspondence with Vergennes over his
mission and the need for additional French aid, but there is no indication that either
confrontation significantly influenced JA
's decision. In fact, there is no evidence that he planned to do anything more during
his visit than is indicated in this letter or that he viewed his departure on 27 July
as either permanent or a turning point in his diplomatic career. This seems borne
out by his failure, except for his letters of 14
, and 23
Aug. to the president of Congress (Nos. 1–3, all below), to write to anyone in America
concerning his departure from Paris until his letter of 4 Sept.
(Adams Family Correspondence
, 3:409–410). Indeed, the first known letter to AA
's residence in Amsterdam was John Thaxter's of 21 Aug.