. From here to the end of this paragraph Gerry first wrote and then crossed out in
the following: “and with some Difficulty carried this point, in order to guard them
and especially the former [i.e.
, against the Attacks of disappointed Ambition and Envy, to which notwithstanding
his conspicuous Merit, I was apprehensive he would be liable in his elevated Station.
I mention this likewise Madam to shew, that not even the [president?]
of Congress, the Minister of France, Doctor Franklin, or Mr. Jay have by the Resolution
of Congress a higher Title than Mr. Adams, whose Commission is by far the most important.”