Adams Papers
Documents filtered by: Author="Thulemeier, Friedrich Wilhelm, Baron von" AND Recipient="Adams, John" AND Period="Confederation Period"
sorted by: date (ascending)

Baron von Thulemeier to John Adams, 14 March 1784

From the Baron von Thulemeier

a la Haye le 14. Mars 1784.

Monsieur,

Lê Roi desirant donner au Traité de Commerce a conclure entre S. M. et les Etats Unis de l’Amérique toute la consistance possible, adopte bien volontiers, Monsieur, Vôtre idée, de prendre pour modèle celui qui a été negocié avec la Suède, et d’introduire ensuite les changemens, qu’une différence de circonstances, et de position pourroient rendre necessaires.1 Une Copie mème du Traité m’a été demandée, mais comme je n’en ai aucune a ma disposition, je prends la liberté de recourrir a Vous; Monsieur, pour Vous prier de me l’accorder. Si je l’obtiens dans le courrant de la journée de demain je pourrai encore en faire usage par la poste de Mardi, qui part comme il Vous sera peutètre connû avant Midi.2

J’ai l’honneur d’ètre avec la Considération la plûs distinguée / Monsieur, / Votre très humble et très obéissant Serviteur

Thulemeier

P.S. Si le Traité de Commerce avec la Suède n’existe pas imprimée, je ferai copier instamment celui qui Vous m’enverrés, et j’aurai l’honneur de Vous renvoier, Monsieur, l’original.

TRANSLATION

The Hague, 14 March 1784

Sir

The king, desiring to give all possible consistency to the treaty of commerce to be concluded between His Majesty and the United States of America, willingly adopts your idea, sir, of using as a model the one negotiated with Sweden, and to introduce afterwards the changes that different circumstances and positions could render necessary.1 An actual copy of the treaty has been requested of me, but as I do not have one at my disposal, I am taking the liberty of appealing to you, sir, to beseech you to grant me one. If I receive it sometime tomorrow I will be able to send it on by Tuesday’s post, which leaves, as you may know, before noon.2

I have the honor of being with the greatest esteem, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant

Thulemeier

P.S. If the treaty of commerce with Sweden does not exist in printed form, I will instantly have copied the one that you send me, and I will then have the honor of sending back to you, sir, the original.

RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Baron de Thulemeier / 14. March. Ansd 14. / 1784.”

1JA does not mention making this suggestion in his accounts of his conversation with Thulemeier on 19 Feb., for which see his 20 Feb. letter to Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, and that of 9 March to the president of Congress, both above.

2JA replied later the same day, indicating that he too lacked a copy of the Swedish-American treaty. He recommended that Thulemeier procure one from either William V, who had it in a printed collection of treaties, or Hendrik Fagel, secretary to the States General, to whom JA had sent a copy (LbC, APM Reel 107).

Index Entries