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Docno: ADMS-06-09-02-0247-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-06-06

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

J'envoie aujourd'hui le troisieme et dernier feuillet à Son Excellence Mr. Franklin, de la Gazette de Leide,1 où j'ai fait insérer, selon vos desirs et les siens, la Lettre de Clinton. Je l'ai fait parvenir en même temps à d'autres Nouvellistes du pays, et hors du pays, notamment à Hambourg, et un Ami d'Amsterdam m'a promis d'en faire passer une copie à Londres. Je suis toujours d'opinion qu'on a un peu interpolé cette Lettre, telle qu'elle est dans la Gazette Américaine; car il me paroît qu'il y a par-ci par-là certaines expressions que Clinton ne peut ni ne doit avoir dites.
Je me recommande, Monsieur, à votre bon souvenir, du moment où vous saurez quelque évenement authentique de l'Amérique: car je puis en faire de très-bons usages quand je les sais avant les autres. C'est ce qui est arrivé, lors que je reçus de Passy la nouvelle de la prise de Burgoyne.
N'auriez-vous pas envie, Monsieur, de venir faire un tour en ce pays? Il mérite d'être vu, sur-tout dans cette saison. Je serai votre fidus Achates;2 et j aurois ainsi l'avantage, depuis longtemps souhaité, de vous connoître et de vous être connu personnellement. On peut se rendre en peu de jours de Paris, par Bruxelles et Anvers, ici. Donnez-moi quelques espérances à cet égard; et permettez que je { 388 } vous demande vos bonnes graces et votre amitié, que je suis sûr de mériter toujours par mon zele dans le service des Etats-unis, ainsi que par le respect et l'attachement avec lesquels je me ferai toujours un devoir bien agréable d'être, Monsieur Votre très-humble et très obéissant serviteur, Dumas

Docno: ADMS-06-09-02-0247-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1780-06-06

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

Today I am sending His Excellency Mr. Franklin the third and final issue of the Gazette de Leyde,1 in which I had Clinton's letter inserted according to your and his wishes. I also have sent it to other newspapers, both in and out of the country, notably to Hamburg and a friend in Amsterdam who has promised to send a copy to London. I still think that this letter, as it appears in the American newspaper, has been tampered with, for it seems to me that there are, at various points, statements that Clinton neither could nor would have made.
Please remember me, sir, whenever you receive authentic news from America, for I can make very good use of it if I hear it before others. Such was the case when I received from Passy the news of Burgoyne's capture.
Would you, sir, not like to visit this country? It deserves to be seen, especially in this season. I would be your fidus Achates,2 thus satisfying my long held desire to personally know and to be known to you. One can get here from Paris in a very few days by way of Brussels and Antwerp. Give me some hopes in this regard and forgive my requests for your good will and friendship, which I will always strive to deserve through my zeal in the service of the United States, together with the respect and devotion with which I shall always remain your very humble and very obedient servant,
[signed] Dumas
1. Of 6 June.
2. That is, faithful friend. Achates was the companion of Aeneas in The Aeneid.

Docno: ADMS-06-09-02-0248

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Jenings, Edmund
Date: 1780-06-07

To Edmund Jenings

[salute] Dear Sir

I threatened you with a great deal of Egotism for the public good.1
I was chosen by my native Town into the Convention 2 or 3 days after my Arrival. I was by the Convention put upon the Committee—by the Committee upon the sub committee—and by the sub Committee appointed a Sub sub Committee—so that I had the honour to be principal Engineer. The Committee made some alterations, as I am informed the Convention have made a few others in the report. But { 389 } the frame and Essence and substance is preserved. I wish this was printed in England. I think it would much assist their Committees and Associations. The Principles, of it, must be the Principles on which, those Committees must proceed or they will fail.
I think it is good Policy to keep up the Remembrance of my Commission by now and then a Hint in the public Papers. The People must be reconciled by Degrees, to our Sovereignty.
There never was an Example of such Precautions, as are taken by this wise and jealous People in the formation of their Government.
I cannot give you all the Particulars now but if you desire these another Time I will, I have much to say to you if I could get time on this subject of Constitutions. Europe has been much deceived on this Head.
Secret.
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “ JA June 7th 1780.”
1. Jenings' reply of 10 June (below) indicates that a copy of The Report of a Constitution or Form of Government for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Boston, 1779) was enclosed with this letter, thereby explaining JA 's comments on drafting the constitution and the importance of publicizing Massachusetts' efforts to establish a new government. See also The Massachusetts Constitution, ca. 28–31 Oct. 1779, Editorial Note, vol. 8:228–236.