Thomas Jefferson Papers

To Thomas Jefferson from C. W. F. Dumas, 8 April 1791

From C. W. F. Dumas

The Hague, 8 Apr. 1791. The conferences at Reichenbach, The Hague, and Svishtov have placed the English and Prussians in a dilemma. He does not see how England can avoid bankruptcy or sustain Pitt, who is dominated by Grenville. He has just learned that the proposals by Denmark have been rejected. The Amsterdam regency is in bad humor. Some support it; others, their numbers growing, hope that the Phoenix will rise from the ashes. “Quoi-qu’il en soit, le nerf manque: l’argent.”—He has drawn on the Amsterdam bankers for his account. P.S. He encloses a letter from a gentleman of The Hague to his kinsman, “Store Keeper au March-Street,” which he hopes TJ’s servant will deliver. Mirabeau died on the 4th. “Grande perte pour l’Assemblée nationale de France.”

FC (Dumas Letter Book, Rijksarchief, The Hague; photostats in DLC). Recorded in SJL as received 29 June 1791. Enclosure: Dumas to Messrs. Willink, Van Staphorst, & Hubbard, 11 Apr. 1791, asking them to forward his dispatches “pour le Congrès” and advising them that he has drawn on them for his expenses for the last six months of 1790 (same).

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