Adams Papers

John Adams to Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, 10 April 1784

To Benjamin Franklin and John Jay

The Hague April 10. 17841


Inclosed is Copy of a Letter from the Baron de Thulemeier and Copy of a Project of a Treaty transmitted to me by order of the King of Prussia: I should be glad if your Excellencies would examine it, and write me your Objections, and proposals of alterations, which I shall immediately communicate to his Majesty through his Minister. I presume too that your Excellencies will transmit it to Congress that when they Send a Commission to conclude, they may Send their Instructions concerning any Changes to be made in the Project. Your Excellencies I flatter myself will think with me, that We Should execute the Treaty in our own, as well as in the French or German.

I am Gentn, your

LbC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Their Excellencies Benjamin Franklin Esq / and John Jay Esq. Ministers Plenipotentiary.”; APM Reel 107.

1Although dated 10 April, this letter was probably not sent until the 13th. Enclosed with it were copies (not found) of the Baron von Thulemeier’s letter of 9 April and its enclosure, above. It also included a copy of the draft Prussian-American treaty, for which see Proposed Prussian-American Treaty of Amity and Commerce, [9 April – post 5 May], No. I, above. That copy was in JQA’s hand and docketed by him: “À la Haye ce 13: Avril 1784 Copié de l’original et examiné / par J. Q Adams” (PCC, No. 84, V, f. 307–320).

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