Last Saturday I dined with Mr. Grand in Company with Mr. Gebelin Author of the Monde
1. Antoine Court de Gébelin (1725–1784) was the author of Monde pritnitif, analysé et comparé avec le monde moderne, a vast and learned but unfinished work on mythology and language of which
owned a copy (9 vols., Paris, 1775–1782) that he read and heavily annotated in old
age. See Catalogue of
's Library, p. 65; Alfred Iacuzzi, John Adams, Scholar, N.Y., 1952, p. 230–232. Court de Gebelin is said to have served as one of the editors
of the Affaires de l'Angleterre et de l'Amérique, a vehicle of American propaganda in which Franldin and
were much interested (Hoefer, Nouv. Biog. Générale; see notes on entries of 11 Feb. and 3 March 1779, below).