Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from C. W. F. Dumas, 5 September 1787

From C. W. F. Dumas

The Hague, 5 Sep. 1787. Thanks TJ for the information in his letter of 9 Aug.; asks to be informed when news arrives from America concerning Congress, the Federal Convention, and the treasury department. Encloses a letter which contains all the information he has concerning affairs in The Netherlands.

RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed. FC (Dumas Letter Book, Rijksarchief, The Hague; photostats in DLC). Recorded in SJL as received 9 Sep. 1787. Enclosure: Dumas to Jay, 5 Sep. 1787, giving an account of the political situation in Holland for the preceding two months, during which he had “had neither courage nor strength to write … any connected account of the state of things in this agitated country”; enclosing a copy of the declaration of the “Provincial Assembly of the Corps of Armed Volunteers of Holland, held at Leyden … on the 4th of August, 1787”; again urging attention to arrearages due him; and stating that for his half year’s salary due in Oct. he would soon be obliged to draw on the U.S. account in Amsterdam “unless I soon receive from Mr. Jefferson orders to draw upon him as formerly” (translations of letter and enclosure 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 Peaceto the Adoption of the Constitution, Washington, Blair & Rives, 1837, 3 vol. description ends , iii, 582–9).

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