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Dumas to the American Commissioners, 2 December 1778: résumé

Dumas to the American Commissioners5

ALS: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Algemeen Rijksarchief

<The Hague, December 2, 1778, in French: Enclosed is the resolution I promised,6 which deserves to be published in both English and French. I hope for good news from America before the Provincial States [of Holland] reassemble in ten to twelve days. The London Evening Post of November 26 reports Clinton has been roughly handled.7>

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

5Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 246–7.

6The resolution of Amsterdam opposing augmentation of the Dutch army (XXVII, 380–1, 650–1). Dumas went on to warn that if the English party succeeded in strengthening the army while continuing to neglect the navy the Dutch republic would immediately be put to the service of England.

7Apparently a false report; Taylor, Adams Papers, VII, 247n, gives details.

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