Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from C. W. F. Dumas, [28 September 1787]

From C. W. F. Dumas

[The Hague, 28 Sep. 1787]. Encloses letter with several papers addressed to Jay; leaves them open; asks TJ to read, seal, and forward immediately.

RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed. This letter, without place or date, was evidently written as a covering letter for one from Dumas to Jay, 28 Sep. 1787; on 29 Sep. Dumas added a postscript to the letter to Jay, informing him of the capitulation of Amsterdam, and sent another (dated) covering letter to TJ, q.v. Dumas informed Jay of his distressing situation, saying that he and his “family have every moment expected to be destroyed,” and enclosed copies of his correspondence with General Kratchmar, commandant of the garrison at The Hague, and with other authorities, in which he set forth his claim under the law of nations for protection to his person, his family, and his property against all damage or violence (Dumas Letter Book, Rijksarchief, The Hague; photostats in DLC; translations of both letter and enclosures are printed in Dipl. Corr., 1783–89, iii, 589–94). TJ recorded receipt of letters from Dumas of 28 and 29 Sep. in SJL under 3 Oct. 1787.

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