Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from C. W. F. Dumas, 14 November 1787

From C. W. F. Dumas

The Hague, 14 Nov. 1787. Avails himself of a French courier to transmit the enclosed, which shows that his situation, with that of a mass of good citizens, is like that of the lamb in the fable. [Postscript:] Having missed the courier, is obliged to send the letter by regular post.

RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed. FC (Dumas Papers, Rijksarchief, The Hague). Recorded in SJL as received 20 Nov. 1787. Enclosure: Dumas to John Jay, same date, stating that the reigning system will ruin the province because of its inability to restrain the disorders which occur everywhere; rests his cause, his honor, and his interests with God and Congress (FC in Dumas Papers, Rijksarchief, The Hague; translation 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, 597–9).

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