Benjamin Franklin Papers

To Benjamin Franklin from Dumas, 29 October 1779

From Dumas

ALS: American Philosophical Society3

at the Hague Oct. 29th. 1779

Dear, Honoured Sir

I send you herewith a Copy4 of the advice of the College of Admiralty at Amsterdam, which adopted by the other Colleges, has proved the Base of the Resolution taken since by the province of Holland, & confirmed by their H. M.5 It is a translation made by the privy Secretary of the French Ambassador, his Excy having been so good as to give me a Copy of it. I expect from our friend a copy of the Resolution, which I shall translate immediately myself for your use.

I have concerted with the gd. facteur a visit I am to pay to the G. P. when it is done, I shall not fail to acquaint yr. Excy with the Success I hope from this step.

I have but the time to acknowledge the favour of the Extract of a Letter from Newfoundland, just received from my very dear & amiable friend Mr. Wm. Franklin, being in great haste, ever Dear & honoured Sir, yr. most humble, obedient and respectful servant


Addressed: His Excellency / B. Franklin, Esqr., Min. Plenip. / of the United States, &c. / Passy./.

Notation: Dumas Octr. 29. 1779

[Note numbering follows the Franklin Papers source.]

3A brief summary of this letter, made by Dumas, is at the Algemeen Rijksarchief.

4Actually a copy, in Dumas’ hand, of a French translation. It is with this covering letter at the APS. The Amsterdam college of admiralty requested the States General’s permission for the American squadron to disembark its sick and wounded. For an English translation see Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, III, 370–1.

5High Mightinesses, i.e., the States General, which did grant the permission: Wharton, Diplomatic Correspondence, III, 371–2.

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