. Lovell's meaning in this paragraph is unclear and, in view of
's reply of 17 Oct.
(below), it is questionable whether even he understood what Lovell was trying to
say. In the order that they appear the Latin words translate as: where, when, how
much, and whence derived. Thus one explanation may be that, in responding to
's letters of 27 Nov. 1778
and 10 Sept. 1779
(both above), Lovell was indicating his intention to insure
's independence from Benjamin Franklin in regard to both direction and compensation.
Lovell's first objective was realized since
's commissions came directly from the congress and allowed him to act independently.
Regarding the second, despite Lovell's efforts noted in his letter of 1 Oct.
and John Jay were to receive their funds from Benjamin Franklin upon their arrival
in Europe (Lovell to
, 19 Oct.
, and note 2
, below). The issue of compensation continued to concern
, as can be seen by his letters to the president of the congress of 17
Feb. and to James Lovell of 29
Feb. 1780 (both below). Further confusing the situation is the fact that no three-man
committee with Gerry and Laurens as members was created on 28 Sept., or on any other
date in 1779, but see Gerry's letters of 29 Sept.
and 12 Oct.