Adams Papers

From John Adams to Hendrik Fagel, 10 June 1785

To Hendrik Fagel

Bath Hotel Westminster June 10. 1785


I have the Honour to inform you, that I have recd from Congress a Letter of Credence to his Britannic Majesty as Minister Plenipotentiary of the United States of America, and that I have had the Honour of presenting that Letter to his Majesty and of being received in that Character.

I have received too authentic Information that Congress have resolved that it is expedient to appoint a Minister to Succeed me at the Hague. But I have not received my Letter of Recall nor1 of the actual Appointment of a successor.

This, sir is the only Reason why I did not and could not come to the Hague and take a formal Leave of their High Mightinesses and of his most Serene Highness as I wished.

It is Still my Intention to come, or to take Leave by a respectfull Letter, whenever my Letter of Recall Shall arrive, or a successor.

My being appointed to other Service upon this Occasion, is no new Thing. I was last August received, at the Court of Versailles, as Minister Plenipotentiary from the United States of America to his most Christian Majesty, which was never considered any more than intended as any failure of Respect to the Republick.

For myself and for my Country, I know that Respect Esteem and Affection to the Republick is engraven on all our Hearts.

I beg then the favour of your Advice, if you think it proper and necessary for me to take any farther Steps upon this Occasion, before my Letter of Recall or my successor shall arrive?

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

John Adams

RC (Nationaal Archief:ARA Arch. Nieuwenhuisen, inv. no. 24); internal address: “Mr Fagel Secretary of their / H. M. the States General”; notation: “Deese Missive / met kennis & ande RP / teruggehouden.” Translation: This Missive / With knowledge & [?] RP / held back. LbC’s (Adams Papers); APM Reels 107, 111. The first LbC is in WSS’s hand; the second is by JQA, probably taken from a FC retained and signed by JA but which has not been found. At the foot of the second LbC is a note: “N.B. by J.Q. Adams 23. Septr. 1834.— The above is copied from a copy in the hand-writing and with the signature of John Adams, of his Letter to Mr Fagel, of June 10. 1785— Its place in this Volume would be page 27— It is taken by me, to be sent as an autograph of John Adams, to her Royal Highness the Princess Victoria of England.”

1At this point in the first LbC, WSS inserted, “News.” The second LbC by JQA also contains that word, indicating that it probably appeared in the FC from which he made his copy.

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