Adams Papers

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation, 2 May 1782

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

[post 2 May 1782]1


I am working on excusing you from the dinner engagement, according to your wishes, at least for a little while and without fixing any future date.2 But you cannot avoid attending the dinner on the 6th at Mr. and Mrs. Boreel’s. I was told that the entire court and all the foreign ministers will be there. This is not just my sentiment. I have only a moment before missing the post-wagon. I will answer your last letter more fully later.

In haste, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,


I am in full possession of the house.

RC (Adams Papers). Filmed at [1780–1781], Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 355.

1This date is derived from Dumas’ postscript, which is a response to JA’s letter of 2 May, above.

2For the means by which Dumas refused, on JA’s behalf, the invitation from Schiedam, see his Address to the City of Schiedam, [8 May], below.

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