Adams Papers

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation, 2 April 1781

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation

2 April [1781]


Could you kindly attach the enclosed postscript to my last letter for Congress.1

Two people, whom I can trust, have promised to keep me informed of the fate of your memorial to the High Mightinesses. Mr. Visscher believes that it was given by the president to the secret committee of the High Mightinesses, which is always composed of the first deputies of each province. If you are at Leyden, I could visit you at the end of this week.

I am with very great respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant


RC (Adams Papers); endorsed by John Thaxter: “Mr. Dumas 2d. April 1781.”

1This was Dumas’ letter to Congress of 22 March (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. description begins Francis Wharton, ed., The Revolutionary Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States, Washington, 1889; 6 vols. description ends , 4:322–323). There he commented on the agreement of the Dutch provinces to Russia’s mediation offer, the impending court decision regarding the role of the Regency of Amsterdam in the Lee-Neufville treaty, the capture of St. Eustatius, and rumors that Britain had refused the Russian mediation offer. In the postscript, dated 2 April, Dumas indicated that he was expecting interesting news from St. Petersburg and noted a proposal by Amsterdam merchants to send representatives to Britain to plead for the return of goods seized at St. Eustatius, a course of action the merchants of Rotterdam rejected.

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