Resolution by the States of Holland and West Friesland to recognize the United States and admit John Adams as minister plenipotentiary, 28 March 1782 356
C. W. F. Dumas wrote to John Adams on 28 March
, below, that “la grande oeuvre est accomplie,” the States of Holland and West Friesland had instructed their representatives in the States General to resolve to recognize the United States and admit Adams as minister plenipotentiary. Two days later Pieter van Bleiswyck
, grand pensionary of Holland and West Friesland, wrote to Adams and enclosed the copy of the resolution reproduced here. The resolution by the States of Holland and West Friesland, the most populous and influential province, insured that Adams’ quest would end in victory. For an English translation of the resolution, see Adams to Robert R. Livingston, 19 April
This is the first of two pages containing the text of the 28 March resolution as extracted from the resolutions of the States of Holland and West Friesland.
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.