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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0297

Author: Adams, John
Author: Thaxter, John
Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Date: 1781-07-05

To the President of Congress

Amsterdam, 5 July 1781. RC and signature in John Thaxter's hand PCC, No. 84, III, f. 254–261. printed : Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4:540–543.
This is the first of a series of letters to Congress that John Thaxter composed in John Adams' name during Adams' absence at Paris. They are dated 5, 7 ( first and second letters 2 ), 10, 13 ( first and second letters 2 ), 17, and 21 July (all calendared below), and 24 ( first and second letters 2 ) July (both Adams Papers). Except for the two letters of 24 July, which were never sent to Congress, these letters have been calendared because, according to Adams' statement appearing immediately before this letter as published in the Boston Patriot in 1809, “During my absence, which was nearly through the whole month of July, the following state papers were translated by the gentlemen of my family, whom I left in Holland, and transmitted to Congress, or to be kept for me to sign, according to my directions after my return” (JA, Corr. in the Boston Patriot , p. 534).
In this letter John Thaxter included a proposition by William V to the States General on 28 June and related documents printed in Dutch newspapers, including the Gazette de Leyde of 6 July. The Stadholder called on the States General to investigate why the Netherlands was unprepared to prosecute the war against Great Britain. In the course of his request, William V denied any responsibility for the lack of sufficient ground and naval forces. The States General agreed to undertake the requested investigation.
RC and signature in John Thaxter's hand (PCC, No. 84, III, f. 254–261). printed : (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4:540–543.)

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0298

Author: Adams, John
Author: Thaxter, John
Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Date: 1781-07-07

To the President of Congress

Amsterdam, 7 July 1781. RC and signature in John Thaxter's hand PCC, No. 84, III, f. 264–265. printed : Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4:549.
John Thaxter wrote this letter during John Adams' absence at Paris. It contains an English translation of a resolution that the States General adopted on 2 July, which was printed in Dutch newspapers, including the Gazette de Leyde of 6 July. The States General resolved that it was unaware of any basis for the charges made against the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel by members of the regency of Amsterdam or anyone else. The States General called on the various provinces to enact regulations to restrain those who would make unsubstantiated charges against the Duke.
RC and signature in John Thaxter's hand (PCC, No. 84, III, f. 264–265). printed : (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4:549.)

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0299

Author: Adams, John
Author: Thaxter, John
Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Date: 1781-07-07

To the President of Congress

Amsterdam, 7 July 1781. RC and signature in John Thaxter's handPCC, No. 84, III, f. 262–263. printed :Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4:550.
John Thaxter wrote this letter during John Adams' absence at Paris. It contains an English translation of an article that appeared in Dutch newspapers, including the Gazette de Leyde of 10 July. The article was an account of a meeting on 8 June between the Marquis de Vérac, the French minister at St. Petersburg, and Count Osterman, the Russian vice-chancellor. The { 404 } French diplomat declared that unless the neutral powers took stronger measures to counter British depredations on their commerce, France would be forced to base its conduct toward neutrals on the policies Britain followed. Thaxter concluded by noting that Francis Dana had departed that day for St. Petersburg without Edmund Jenings.
RC and signature in John Thaxter's hand (PCC, No. 84, III, f. 262–263). printed : (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 4:550.)