Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from C. W. F. Dumas, 7 June 1787

From C. W. F. Dumas

The Hague, 7 June 1787. Encloses the dispatch relating to Sweden mentioned in his last; has nothing to add that TJ will not find in it. “L’apostume ici n’est pas crevé encore. Leurs Hautes Puissances ou plutôt celui dont elles sont les Marionettes et les pantins, témoignent un grand appétit d’être les Despotes de l’armée de la République, et de chaque Province. On met bon ordre à cela dans celle-ci au moins.”

RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed. FC (Dumas Letter Book, Rijksarchief, The Hague; photostats in DLC); varies slightly in phraseology. Recorded in SJL as received 11 June 1787. Enclosure: Dumas to Jay, 7 June 1787, which in turn enclosed a letter from Baron Schultz d’Ascheraden, Swedish envoy at The Hague, requesting Dumas’ good offices in the matter of the recovery of a vessel belonging to a subject of Sweden, concerning which D’Ascheraden enclosed a “Note” describing Captain Adolph F. Dahlberg, who was suspected of having run away with the vessel and of operating her under false pretences; the vessel was described in the note, attested by Dumas, as “painted black when she left Calmar, had a figure of a little girl at her head, and was called the Mary Elizabeth” (letter and enclosures printed in Dipl. Corr., 1783–89 description begins The Diplomatic Correspondence of the United States of America, from the Signing of the Definitive Treaty of Peace … to the Adoption of the Constitution, Washington, Blair & Rives, 1837, 3 vol. description ends , iii, 578–90; FC in Dumas Letter Book, Rijksarchief, The Hague; photostats in DLC; Tr in DNA: PCC, No. 93, iii; see JCC description begins Journals of the Continental Congress, 1774–1789, ed. W. C. Ford and others, Washington, 1904–1937 description ends , xxxiii, 535n.).

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