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To Benjamin Franklin from Dumas, 12 August 1784

From Dumas

ALS: American Philosophical Society

Lahaie 12e. Aout 1784


Dans l’espérance que ma derniere, avec les incluses, est bien parvenue, voici No. 44 pour le Congrès, qu’il trouvera sans doute tres interessante.3 Je la recommande à V. E. pour la fermer & acheminer, comme aussi celle pour Mr. Van Berkel, & celle pour Mr. le D. de la V [Vauguyon]—

Je présente mes complimens à Mr. Wm. Franklin, & suis avec grand respect De Votre Excellence Le très-humble & très obéissant serviteur

C. W. F. Dumas

Passy à Son Exce. Mr. Franklin M. Pl. des E. U.

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3Dumas’ Aug. 10 letter to the president of Congress reported, among other political news, that the States General of the Netherlands had accepted without changes the draft Franco-Dutch treaty of defensive alliance as proposed by Vergennes. In a postscript, Dumas noted ja’s departure for London and Paris and his own precarious situation. National Archives.

Earlier on Aug. 10, Dumas had written a long letter to WTF that he also enclosed with the present letter. He thanked WTF for the news contained in his of Aug. 1, reported that he knew of TJ’s arrival, asked WTF to forward an enclosed letter to La Vauguyon, and promised to write to BF as soon as he learned the outcome of the treaty negotiations. APS.

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