. This letter should be compared with earlier ones from the Commissioners to Vergennes,
[ante 20] Dec. 1778 – [ante 9] Jan. 1779
, and from
to the Marquis de Lafayette of 21 Feb. 1779
(vol. 7:292–311, 421–423); see also vol. 8:index, Adams, John: Military Interests,
sent a virtually identical copy of this letter, in Jonathan Loring Austin's hand,
to the Minister of Marine, Gabriel de Sartine (Arch. de la Marine, Paris
, Campagnes B4, vol. 182), but no reply to that letter has been found.