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Docno: ADMS-06-02-02-0061-0002

Author: Adams, John
Author: Hancock, John
Author: Hawley, Joseph
Author: Warren, Joseph
Author: Dexter, Samuel
Author: Ward, Artemas
Author: Warren, James
Author: Heath, William
Author: Lee, Jeremiah
Author: Church, Benjamin
Author: Holten, Samuel
Author: Gerry, Elbridge
Author: Tyng, John
Author: Robinson, Lemuel
Author: Foster, Jedediah
Author: Gorham, Nathaniel
Author: Cushing, Thomas
Author: Adams, Samuel
Author: Paine, Robert Treat
Author: Massachusetts Provincial Congress
Recipient: Boston Gazette (newspaper)
Date: 1774-12-10

To the Freeholders and Other Inhabitants of the Towns and Districts of Massachusetts Bay

Cambridge,10 December 1774. printed: Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours. , p. 69–72. Prepared by a committee appointed 12 October, originally composed of fifteen members: John Hancock, Joseph Hawley, Joseph Warren, Samuel Dexter, Artemas Ward, James Warren, William Heath, Jeremiah Lee, Benjamin Church, Samuel Holten, Elbridge Gerry, John Tyng, Lemuel Robinson, Jedediah Foster, Nathaniel Gorham (same, p. 16–17). Eventually all four delegates from Massachusetts to the Continental Congress were added to this committee.
Although the address to the people expressed “confidence in the wisdom, justice, and goodness” of the King, it expressed fear that the future policies of the British government would bring no relief because enemies had managed “to fill the court and kingdom of Great Britain with falsehoods and calumnies” against Massachusetts. It was thought virtually certain that the impact of the measures against Britain recommended by the Continental Congress, if carefully enforced, would bring relief in time, but not without a concerted effort by the mother country to divide Americans. Meanwhile, a well supplied and disciplined militia must not be neglected if an “arbitrary ministry” was not to destroy American rights.
By order of the congress, the address was printed in the Boston newspapers (first appearing in the Boston Gazette, 12 December) and in broadside form (Evans, No. 13422).
Printed (Mass. Provincial Congress, Jours. , p. 69–72).

Docno: ADMS-06-06-02-0067-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1778-05-05

C. W. F. Dumas to the Commissioners: A Translation

[salute] Gentlemen

I have the honor to send you translations of two German letters from Berlin and Hamburg that I received last Saturday and this morning.1 The Grand Facteur also made copies to send to his house.2 In addition, I have received 3 bulletins concerning affairs in France dated 10, 15, and 20 April. I would like to enclose copies of them for they contain curious things, scathing and perhaps even malicious; but that is precisely why I dare not risk it, for letters are sometimes opened in France. I would not want to compromise either you or myself. Besides, you are already on the scene and most probably are able to know all the bickerings and everything else that happens as well, if not better, than my correspondent.
I have just received your letter dated 30 April.3 I shall, therefore, end this one ex-abruptus and, in order to be in agreement with them, call first on the Grand Facteur and then on our friend from Amster• { 85 } dam who is arriving this evening. I am, with genuine respect and, for ever, gentlemen, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] D
RC (MH-H: Lee Papers); addressed: “a Leurs Excellences Messieurs les Plénipotentiaires des Etats-Unis de l'Amérique Sept. Paris.”
1. These letters, dealing with the threatened war between Prussia and Austria, are also in the Lee Papers.
2. Dumas used “maison” here in the sense of a commercial house, but he obviously meant that La Vauguyon had made copies of the letters to send to Vergennes.
3. No letter from the Commissioners to Dumas dated 30 April has been found, but it almost certainly was the covering letter for the Commissioners' letter to van Bleiswyck of 28 April (above).