From C. W. F. Dumas
The Hague, 22 July 1789. Yesterday, after departure of post, he received from Amsterdam from an unknown source and without notice two packets addressed to TJ “to the Care of Charles W. F. Dumas, Esquire, at the Hague.” From handwriting and seals he judged that the packets came from secretary for foreign affairs in Congress and that it was brought to Amsterdam by a vessel recently arrived from New York. TJ’s letter of 8 Mch. led him to suppose Short would do the business of legation in his absence, but since then—despite his letters of 24 Mch., 3 and “dernier d’Avril,” and 15 June—he has had no direct and positive knowledge of TJ’s departure. He thus asks the officer of legation in TJ’s absence to send him orders as soon as possible for forwarding the packets to TJ by the most exact, prompt, and sure method. Meanwhile, he will keep them carefully under key. [In postscript:] At present, he knows no more certain method of sending the packets than by post.
RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; at head of text: “à S.E.Mr.Ths. Jefferson … ou en son absence à L’office de sa Legation”; endorsed by TJ. FC (Rijksarchief, The Hague, Dumas Letter Book; photostats in DLC); similar heading. The packets in question were Jay to TJ, 9 Mch. 1789 and perhaps Madison to TJ, 23 May 1789, both of which were received on 28 July along with the present letter and Dumas’ further letter of 24 July 1789.