From C. W. F. Dumas
at the Hague Dec. 28th. 1784
Permit me to answer briefly in poor English, your favour of the 11th. inst.
An Ideot, no.—à Lunatick, may be for what I know.— With me, and other plain people, the character is that of a bad man, near to become a Madman by disappointment.1
I am not misinformed, concerning the pretended principle and motive of a certain metaphysical Distinction. The nonsense I told you has been really alledged in private conferences previous to certain ministerial ones.
I am glad to hear of your proposals accepted. But the agreement of what may be looked on as convenient for the present, does not exclude mental reservations.
I am deeply initiated since some weeks in the secret of this and several other States, and would tell you at your fire-side, a number of important things, which are not to be trusted to the paper.
Our respects and good wishes to your Excellency and to your dear Ladies and Son. / y. E. / very humble & very / obedient servant
RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “His Excellency J. Adams Esqr. M. P.”
1. Joseph II.