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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0287

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Van der Kemp, François Adriaan
Date: 1781-06-24

To François AdriaanVan der Kemp,

[salute] Sir

I have received your agreable favour of the fifth of this Month, Commodore Gillon was absent, when your Letter came to hand, and for many days after. As soon as he returned, I took the first Opportunity to Speak with him, on the subject of your Friend the Clergyman. The Commodore has no Chaplain and his Crew is composed of People of various Religions, the greatest Part however are Frenchmen and Catholicks. However if your Friend would See Mr. Gillon, perhaps he might settle the Business with him.
There are in America, so many Clergymen, that I cannot give your Friend any Encouragement of Success: but if he persists in his Resolution to go I will give him a Letter of Introduction, to some Friends.
I am, much pleased at your Intention of publishing, the Pieces you mention, and I dare Say, the free Air of Appelton and the agreable Company of the Baron will give your Preface, a Force proportional to the great Cause of Liberty and Humanity, that it is intended to recommend.
Be so good as to assure the Baron of my best Respects.
Will the Republick take a more decided Part, After the Expiration of the Six months and the News from Petersbourg, or not? What Say the People of the Country? It is among the Yeomanry of every Country that We are to expect to find, the Supporters of Liberty. I am, sir with great Esteem and Respect, your obedient and humble sert.
[signed] John Adams
RC (PHi: John Adams' Letters).

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0288-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-25

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

Je me proposois d'avoir l'honneur de vous écrire demain. Mais S. E. M. l'Ambassadeur de France, m'ayant fait chercher dans ce moment, pour me dire de vous ecrire, que comme vous aviez demandé à Mr. De Berenger, Chargé des Affaires de France, les raisons pour lesquelles on souhaitoit votre présence et un entretien avec vous en France, il savoit ces raisons, et que si vous voulez vous donner la peine de venir ici à la Haie, il vous les communiquera.1
On m'a dit et demandé les fraix d'Impression de votre Mémoire { 390 } dans les 3 Langues. J'en vais dresser le montant, que ma premiere vous portera, et je vous demanderai la permission de pouvoir le tirer Sur vous pour Satisfaire ces gens.
J'ai l'honneur d'être avec grand respect Monsieur Votre très-humble & très-obéissant serviteur
[signed] Dumas
Tornez S. v. p.
P.S. Il se passe ici des choses très-interessantes touchant l'etat interne de cette Rep., dont vous avez sans doute oui parler. C'est une vrais crise,2 qui se décidera cette semaine, ou la prochaine. Je ne crois pas sûr de confier rien de plus au papier fut une affaire aussi délicate, ou d'ailleurs l'Amérique n'est point intéressée, si ce n'est par les suites que peut avoir sa décision. Nous pourrons en causer, si vous venez ici.