Adams Papers

John Adams to the president of Congress, 10 April 1784

To the President of Congress

The Hague April 10. 1784.


I have the Honour to inclose to Congress a Copy of a Letter from the Baron De Thulemeier, and a Copy of a Project of a Treaty transmitted to me, by the order of the King of Prussia.1 I Should hope it might be examined in Congress or by a Committee and that Instructions may be sent, concerning any Changes to be made in the Articles, together with a Commission to treat and conclude to Such Persons, or Person as Congress Shall please to appoint.

With the greatest Respect, I have the / Honour to be Sir your most obedient / and most humble Servant

John Adams.

RC and enclosures (PCC, No. 84, V, f. 248–263, 277–279); internal address: “His Excellency / Thomas Mifflin Esq / President of Congress.”; endorsed: “Letter from Mr: J. Adams / to / the Presidt: of Congress / Dated April 10th. 1784.” LbC (Adams Papers); APM Reel 107.

1Enclosed are copies in JA’s hand of the Baron von Thulemeier’s letter of 9 April, with its enclosure, above, and a copy of the draft Prussian-American treaty in JQA’s hand and endorsed by him: “Copié et examiné d’après l’original / J. Q. Adams.” With the draft treaty is the English translation done for Congress by John Pintard. For the origin of that translation, see Proposed Prussian-American Treaty of Amity and Commerce, [9 April – post 5 May], Editorial Note, and descriptive note to the English version of the draft treaty, above.

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