Benjamin Franklin Papers

Dumas to the American Commissioners, 22[–26] May 1778: résumé

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>

1Published in Taylor, Adams Papers, VI, 145–50.

2The memorial above under March 31.

3Perhaps 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.

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