From C. W. F. Dumas
The Hague, 18 Dec. 1787. Acknowledges TJ’s letter of 9 Dec. and respects his reasons for taking no further steps in the matter of the proposed treaty; hopes his previous letters for America have been sent by this month’s packet and that the enclosed will go by that conveyance also. Has no more belief in the continuance of peace than is generally held elsewhere; considers TJ’s remarks perceptive and true. TJ’s sympathy for him in his misfortunes and his hopes for their termination soften the pain occasioned by them; would be happy to endure his state for the honor of being associated with TJ if he were the only one concerned.
RC (DLC); 2 p.; in French; endorsed. FC (Dumas Papers, Rijksarchief, The Hague; photostats in DLC); dated 16 Dec. 1787. Recorded in SJL as received 23 Dec. 1787. Enclosure: Dumas to Jay, 18 Dec. 1787 (FC, same, dated Dec. 1787; 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 Peace… to the Adoption of the Constitution, Washington, Blair & Rives, 1837, 3 vol. description ends , iii, 603–4), concerning affairs in Holland and his own situation.