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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0084

Author: Luzac, Jean
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-12-10

From Jean Luzac

[salute] Sir

When some months past I desired a Copy of the Collection of American Constitutions, it was for the use of a Gentleman of Letters, actually employed in translating the several Acts of American Legislation, but who knew no other Collection of those Acts than a French translation printed at Paris.1 I wished then to keep for myself and clean the Copy, Your Excellency had made me a present of, as a testimony of your friendly attention to me. But, as the Printer was too pressing upon my Friend to allow him a delay, I determined to lend him my own Copy; and those days I have received the first part of that Dutch Translation, dedicated to Mr. Pensionary van { 126 } Berkel. Perhaps You will already have seen it; and my Friend, Mr. van der Kemp, will also have presented Your Excellency with a Translation of the Constitution of Massachusetts and some other American Tracts; a Publication, in which I have some share.
It was with the utmost concern I understood your very severe illness; and your recovery has given me the greatest satisfaction. I hope, Sir, that sickness will be to You a store of health for many years, as the former conquests and bloody Victory’s of Cornwallis were a way to American Triumph. I wish ardently to Heaven, that your Country might now soon reap the fruits of her struggles, and You, Sir, be a long time a happy witness of her glory and prosperity, the more happy as You have been one of her most illustrious Founders and Asserters.
I think, Sir, the fate of Cornwallis and his Army will make a speedy end to the warfaring in South-Carolina; and the great loss, the Brittish have suffered in the Action of the 8th September, cannot but accelerate their total overthrow and retreat from that State. But, as I mention that Action, permit me, Sir, a friendly complaint, which Yourself will not deem wholly unjust. When the struggles of America were in their infancy; when Europe despised that Country or knew it little, when no other European News-Paper mentioned ever Bostonian courage, constancy, and Patriotism; when Mr. Tronchin du Breuil, the Proprietor of the Amsterdam-Gazette, was silent on it, as the rest of public Writers, the Leyden-Gazette was the first, which faithfully adhered to that Cause, and despising an overbearance and an ill-will, not unknown to Your Excellency, boldly foretold the future grandeur of your grown Republics. Yes, Sir, I dare to say, we, in those early times (already in 1774.) contributed a great deal to awake the French Court on that subject; and Mr. Dumas, whose acquaintance we made by that only means, can bear testimony to it, as also the Abbot Desnoyers, then Chargé des affaires de France at the Hague. At present, Sir, when America is an independent State, when her atchievements attract the curiosity of the World, we see Mr. Tronchin Dubreuil preferr’d, and the Leyden-Gazette forgotten; we see him boast of his establish’d and authentic intelligence, and ourselves reduced to the copying of his defective Translations, if we will make any use at all of the American Publications, that come thro’ your hands: For, with the greatest esteem and all possible respect for Mr. Cerisier’s talents, character, and sentiments, the translating of such Pieces is not his most eminent part: And, had it not been for the publication in the Paris-Gazette, I must have omitted { 127 } the whole Letter of General Greene on the Action of Eutaw’s.2 For what, must the one of us be of necessity excluded at the prejudice of the other? But I have already said too much on that subject. I leave it to Your Excellency’s own equity and feelings, and am with due and great respect, Sir, Your Excellency’s Most obedient, faithful, and humble Servant
[signed] J. Luzac
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Mr J. Luzac. Decr 10. 1781.”
1. For The Constitutions of the Several Independent States of America; . . . , Phila., 1781, and for its translation into Dutch, see Luzac’s letter of 6 Sept. (vol. 11:475–477) and JA to Luzac, 13 Dec., and note 1, below.
2. For Nathanael Greene to George Washington, 11 Sept., see Washington to JA , 22 Oct., and note 4, above. Luzac printed Greene’s letter in the Gazette de Leyde of 4 December.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0085-0001

Author: Mandrillon, Joseph
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-12-12

From Joseph Mandrillon

[salute] Monsieur

En attendant que j’ai l’honneur de vous aller rendre mes devoirs ce Soir entre 5 et 6 heures, j’ai celui devour envoyer, Monsieur, La meilleure carte que l’on puisse mouver ici de l’Amérique septr. on attend d’Angleterre, celle des 13 états unis que j’ai demandé.
Je joins aussi L’Atlas de L’hist. ph. et Pol. pour vous prier de me donner votre avis sur l’exactitude des cartes de votre Republique.1
Si vous ne pouvez me reçevoir ce Sera pour une autre soirée.

[salute] J’ai L’honneur d’Etre avéc tout le respect possible Monsieur Votre très humble & très obeissant serviteur

[signed] Jh. Mandrillon

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0085-0002

Author: Mandrillon, Joseph
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-12-12

Joseph Mandrillon to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I will have the honor of delivering my work to you this evening between five and six o’clock but in the meantime, I am sending you the best map of North America that could be found here. The map of the thirteen states that I asked for is expected from England.
I am also enclosing the Atlas de l’histoire philosophique et politique so that you may give me your opinion as to the accuracy of these maps of your republic.1
If you cannot receive me today, this will be for another evening.

[salute] I have the honor to be with all possible respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant

[signed] Jh. Mandrillon
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “A Son Excellence Monsieur J. Adams ministre plenip. des Etats unis près Le E. Généraux A Amsterdam”; endorsed: “M. Mandril• { 128 } lon 12. Dec. 1781”; filmed at 12 Dec. 1783 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 362).
1. Rigobert Bonne, Atlas de toutes les parties connues du globe terrestre, dressé pour l’histoire philosophique et politique des établissemens et du commerce des européens dans les deux Indes . . . , Geneva, 1780. This volume was designed to accompany the Abbé Raynal’s Histoire.