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To John Adams from C. W. F. Dumas, 23 August 1785

From C. W. F. Dumas

Lahaie 23 Aout 1785.1


En réponse aux ordres dont vous m’avez honoré, conjointément avec Son Exce. Mr. Jepherson, en date de Londres Août 5e., Nous avons vaqué tout de suite à la Commission en question. Mr. Short est occupé à rendre un compte à V V. E E. de ce qui a été fait & de ce qui reste à faire, auquel je suis persuadé d’avance que je n’aurai rien à ajouter, que l’assurance de ma juste sensibilité à la confiance dont vous honorez ma personne, mes principes & mon Zele invariable pour les intérêts des Etats-Unis; & du respect personnel avec lequel je suis, De Votre Excellence le très-humble, & très-obéissant serviteur,

Cwf Dumas

L’incluse pour le Congrès, accompagnée d’une pour Mr. Van Berckel, vous fera voir la suite des affaires allemandes; Je suis toujours à attendre les Lettres de France.2


The Hague, 23 August 17851


Responding to the orders which you, jointly with his excellency Mr. Jefferson, bestowed upon me in your letter dated from London on 5 August, we have immediately attended to the errand in question. Mr. Short is busying himself with a report for your excellencies of what has been and remains to be done, to which I am already confident I will have nothing to add other than my recognition of the justifiable gratitude I feel for the trust with which you honor myself, my principles, and my unwavering zeal for the interests of the United States; and of the personal respect with which I am your excellency’s most humble and most obedient servant

Cwf Dumas

The enclosed letter addressed to Congress, accompanied by one for Mr. Van Berckel, will make known to you how the German affairs proceed. I am still awaiting the letters from France.2

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “à Son Excellence Mr. Adams, Min. Plenipe des E. U.”

1Dumas also wrote to Thomas Jefferson on this date (Jefferson, Papers description begins The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, ed. Julian P. Boyd, Charles T. Cullen, John Catanzariti, Barbara B. Oberg, and others, Princeton, N.J., 1950–. description ends , 8:424–425).

2In a letter to JA of [ca. 19 Aug.] (Adams Papers), Dumas wrote that he was awaiting some secret, but interesting, letters from France as well as Germany. The enclosed letter to Congress probably was dated 23 Aug., but its content cannot be determined since the RC’s of all of Dumas’ letters to Congress between 31 Jan. 1785 and 26 Jan. 1787 have been lost (Dipl. Corr., 1783–1789 description begins The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America, from . . . 1783, to . . . 1789, [ed. William A. Weaver], repr., Washington, D.C., 1837 [actually 1855]; 3 vols. description ends , 3:539–541). However, in his letterbook Dumas indicates that his 23 Aug. 1785 letter consisted of an extract from a 16 Aug. letter that has not been found, by an otherwise unidentified correspondent (Nationaal Archief:Dumas Papers, Microfilm, Reel 2, f. 736).

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