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This foot note contained in document ADMS-06-11-02-0047
1. JA 's polite acceptance of Luzac's assurance that the speculations in his letter of 19 Jan., above, and in the Gazette de Leyde of 26 Dec. 1780 indicated no ebb in his support for the American cause does not wholly conceal JA 's uneasiness with the attitude underlying such comments. His frustration was all the greater because Luzac had acted as publisher of and had contributed a preface to Pensées sur la révolution de l'Amérique-Unie (Amsterdam, 1780), the French version of JA 's Translation of the Memorial to the Sovereigns of Europe ... into Common Sense and Intelligible English, which was about to be published in London (from Edmund Jenings, 31 Jan., below). If such men as Luzac, whose pro-American sympathies were beyond question, continued to see the American Revolution through a filter colored by the Dutch experience in their revolt against Spain, then JA must have wondered whether he had made any progress in his efforts. For further evidence of JA 's frustration, see his reply of 21 Jan. (and note 1, above) to Joan Derk van der Capellen tot den Pol's letter of 24 Dec. 1780 (vol. 10:428–433).