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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0234

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Date: 1781-05-17

To the President of Congress

Amsterdam, 17 May 1781. LbC Adams Papers. printed: JA, Corr. in the Boston Patriot , p. 455.
This letter is not in the PCC and was probably never sent. It contains a list, according to nationality, of vessels paying tolls to Denmark in 1780 for passage through the Oresund Strait connecting the Kattegat and the Baltic Sea. According to this report, published at Copenhagen, five nations—the Netherlands, Sweden, Britain, Denmark, and Russia—accounted for 7,654 of the 8,294 ships.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0235-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-18

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

Depuis ma derniere du 13e. qui en renfermoit une de France pour vous, je Serois en peine de son sort, Si je ne savois que Mrs. De Neufville ont reçu le paquet qui la contenoit.
Le Mémoire est présentement Suffisamment connu par toute la République, et par toute l'Europe, tant par les Envois du Libraire, que par les Gazettiers qui l'ont répété à l'envi l'un de l'autre. Le Courier du Bas-rhin a doublé sa feuilles, pour ne pas morceler, dit-il, cette Piece interessante. Les reflexions qu'il y a ajoutées, come, que le Président a accepté le meme., et lui a servi de Parrain, Sont de son cru, et nullement du mien, qui lui ai simplement recommandé de ne rien changer.
Du reste, la Piece est généralement approuvée, même par ceux à qui elle ne fait pas plaisir: et l'homme que j'ai apposté pour me rapporter ce qu'on en dit, m'a protesté n'avoir pas entendu un mot de critique, mais beaucoup d”éloges. Quant aux suites qu'elle pourra avoir, tout le monde garde là-dessus un profond silence.
Ce Matin Mrs. d'Amstm. ont fait à l'Assemblée d'Hollde. une forte et sérieuse Remontrance, qui, parfaitement inattendue et imprévue, a consterné les uns et fait plaisir à d'autres. J'en aurai copie demain ou après-demain et ne manquerai pas de vous faire part de son contenu.1
En attendant, je dois finir malgré moi, pour ne pas manquer la poste. Je Suis avec un très grand respect Monsieur Votre très-humble & très-obéissant serviteur
[signed] Dumas

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0235-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-18

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

[salute] Sir

Since my last letter of the 13th, with the enclosure from France directed { 321 } to you, I have been somewhat troubled because I did not know that Messrs. De Neufville received the packet that contained the enclosure.
The memorial is sufficiently known throughout the republic and Europe at this time. This is due to the dispatches from the publishers as much as it is to the vying newspapers that have repeated its publication. The Courier du Bas Rhin has doubled its pages so as not to divide up this interesting piece, or so it says. The added remarks stating that the president has accepted the memorial and has also sponsored it, are replies from the editor, and have nothing to do with me, who simply recommended that nothing be changed.
Moreover, the piece has gained general approval, even with those who do not find it pleasing. The man that I sent out to report back on the public's response has not heard a critical word but rather several words of praise. As for the possible repercussions, everyone is waiting in silence.
This morning, Messrs. of Amsterdam made a strong and serious remonstrance at the Assembly of Holland, which was perfectly unexpected and unforeseen, and has dismayed some and pleased others. I will have a copy of it tomorrow or the next day and will inform you of its contents.1
Meantime, I must finish this letter so I do not miss the post. I am with great respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
1. For Amsterdam's remonstrance, see JA 's letter of 24 May to the president of Congress, calendared below.