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. The enclosure was almost certainly a copy of Dumas' letter of 4 July to the president
of Congress (PCC, Misc. Papers
, Reel No. 2, f. 433–436). In the third paragraph of that letter Dumas refers to a
dispatch from the Dutch minister at St. Petersburg that he had been shown on 3 July.
Dumas indicated that the Russian government believed that although its offer to mediate
the Anglo-Dutch war had been rejected, it might still be possible to settle the conflict
at a general peace conference to be held at Vienna under the mediation of Russia and
Austria. It would be advantageous, therefore, if the States General approved such
a course of action so that efforts in pursuit of a peace settlement could proceed
expeditiously. Dumas included the full text of this proposal as an enclosure in his
letter of 10 July to the president of Congress (same, f. 440–442). He sent a copy
of that letter as an enclosure in his letter to
of 11 July (not found), which John Thaxter indicated on 18 July that he had copied
and forwarded to
at Paris (PCC
, No. 101, II, f. 202).