Adams Papers

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation, 3 August 1780

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation

The Hague, 3 August 17801


I have the pleasure to inform you that a courier from the republic’s plenipotentiaries at St. Petersburg has arrived with dispatches that remove any plausible pretext for the temporizers to delay the accession of the republic to the armed neutrality and indicate the likelihood that Portugal, the King of Prussia, and the Emperor will also join. It is apparent that the purpose of all this is not only to procure for all the nations a respected and salutary maritime code for the future, but also to bring peace between the belligerents, perhaps before next spring. I am, with great respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,


RC (Adams Papers); directed to: “Amsterdam A Son Exc. Mr. J. Adams, M. P. des E. U.”

1On 3 Aug., JA and his party were just leaving Brussels; the address to this letter indicates that Dumas was aware that JA had left Paris for Amsterdam. Dumas first met JA at The Hague upon his arrival there on 7 Aug. (JQA, Diary description begins Diary of John Quincy Adams, ed. David Grayson Allen, Robert J. Taylor, and others, Cambridge, 1981–. description ends , 1:39, 46).

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