Mr. Odea of Paimbœuf, Coll. Wibirt2
and Mr. Ford, dined in the Cabin. O. speaks English perfectly, appears to have read
much, is an Admirer of Rousseau and Buffon. W. is silent; has something little in
his Face and Air: and makes no great Discovery of Skill or Science.
F. talks as much as ever.3
Says, that the Americans at Paris, wished I had remained at Passy, instead of F[ranklin]
—that Passy is deserted by the Americans since I came away—that nobody goes there
now but B., W. and a young Williams, (which is my Ws. I suppose)4
who dine there every Sunday. That he has copied Papers for Mr. W[illiam]
which prove upon F. many Contradictions of himself, &c. That F. told him he did not
believe I should go to America—that the Alliance would not be ready for some time—that
a Commission would come for me, for some other Court, &c.
That F. did not shew his Greatness in the Contract for old Arms, for Soldiers Cloaths at 37 Livres a Suit, or for Virginia
Tobacco. Is much puzzled at the Mystery of Jones's Ship, says she is private Property,
that therefore L[andais] ought not to be under his Command &c. &c. &c.
I undertook to sound our Engineer this Evening and find he has Knowledge. He says
one should begin with the Architecture of Vignol, and draw the five ordres, the Doric,
Ionic, Tuscan, Corinthian and composite—Begin with a Pedastal, then the Column, then
the Capital, then the ornaments—from civil you may go to military Architecture, and
naval if you will. Ces cinque ordres D'Architecture se construissent, par le moyen
d'une Echelle divisée en modules, le module en Parties, demi Parties et quart de Partie
He made many Observations to my Son about the Ink, the Instruments, the Pens, the
manner of holding the Hand, sitting to the Light of Day or Candle &c. which shew that
he knows Something of these Sciences. He is a Designateur. He never had a Master he
This Evening arrived Capt. Jones from Baltimore. He sailed 28 March—brings no News
Papers nor News. No Dispatches from Congress. No Letters but to Mr. Johnson, and a
Packet for Bourdeaux.