Dumas to the American Commissioners1
AL: American Philosophical Society; AL (draft): Algemeen Rijksarchief
<The Hague, May 22[–26], 1778, in French: The Grand Pensionary wants to acknowledge your letter but cannot give you, until authorized, your due titles; he has offered to communicate verbally through me, and I shall wait until I can furnish him a copy of the treaty. Our friend [van Berckel] wants to know how the British commissioners will be received in America. He tells me in the meeting of the States Holland and Amsterdam stood out against a troop increase, and without them the other provinces can do nothing. I enclose a French translation of the document that I enclosed in Dutch with my last.2 Mr. Samuel Stockton is here, and departs tomorrow for Amsterdam and Germany; he left the enclosed letter with me.3>
1. Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 145–50.
2. The memorial above under March 31.
3. Perhaps to notify the commissioners that he had accepted the position of William Lee’s secretary, a decision about which he soon had second thoughts; see his letter to BF below, June 3.