From C. W. F. Dumas
The Hague, 18 Aug. 1789. TJ’s letters of 27 and 30 July have delivered him “d’une grande perplexité.” Postponement of TJ’s departure is fortunate because it will enable him to give an account of affairs in Europe which cannot fail to be interesting to the United States, “surtout de la part d’un Observateur tel que Votre Excellence.” He hopes TJ will promote his solicitation to be accredited at the court of Bruxelles, while leaving “in statu quo mon existence en ce pays.” Is going to spend a fortnight with the Van Staphorsts in Amsterdam, and offers his services there, as here and everywhere.
RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed. FC (Rijksarchief, The Hague, Dumas Letter Books; photostats in DLC). Recorded in SJL as received 25 Aug. 1789.