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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0204-0001

Author: Dubbeldemuts, Adrianus
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-18

From Adrianus Dubbeldemuts

[salute] Son Excellence

Il y a quelque tems que J’ai eu l’Honneur de Correspondre avec Votre Excelle.1 Depuis Cette Epoque Rien d’Interessant Sest Presentee pour que J’ai pu avoir eu Celuy de vous Ecrire, et quoi que Je Compte que Votre Excellence Sera deja Instruit de l’Intention tant des Commercants des Villes d’amsterdam, Rotterdam et autres, Je Crois Etre Utille de vous Envoyer Copie de la Requete que Les Committés des Negociants de Cette Ville, dont J’ai l’honneur d’Etre du Nombre, ont Presentee Samedy passee a notre Magistrat,2 La gazette de Damermeer en fait mention aujourd’huy, mais Come elle en donne un detail Imparfait. J’Espere que Votre Excellence ne trouvera pas meauvais de Liberté que Je viens de Prendre, a quoi J’ajoute mon desir d’Etre honnoree de Votre Reponce, et Si votre Excellence voudrait me donner Ses Reflections. Le tacherai d’y Satisfaire, tant par mon Zêle que le desir que Les Committees de notre Ville et les negociants en general, ont, de nous unir avec Votre Republique dont J’Espere Le Succes desiré.
Comme J’ai Eprouvé que Les Lettres a mon addresse ne Soyent quelque fois decachettee, Je prends la liberté de Vous Prier la Permission d’Envoyer notre messager qui Vient a la Haie 3 fois par Semaine, a l’Hotel de Votre Excellence, pour demander Ses ordres. Ce Sont les mardis Jeudi et Samedis Vers les 2 heures apres midi que cet homme pourrai Venir.
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[salute] J’ai l’honneur d’Etre avec les Sentiments du plus profond Respect De Votre Excellence Le Tres Humble Serviteur

[signed] A Dubbeldemuts

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0204-0002

Author: Dubbeldemuts, Adrianus
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-18

Adrianus Dubbeldemuts to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Your Excellency

It has been a long time since I had the honor of writing to your Excellency.1 During this time there was really nothing of importance to write to you about. Although I am sure that your Excellency has already been informed of the merchants’ intentions in Amsterdam, Rotterdam and elsewhere, I believe that I can be of use to you by sending you a copy of the merchant committee’s petition of this city, of which I am a member, that was presented to our magistrate last Saturday.2 The Damermeer Gazette mentioned it today, but gave an inaccurate account. I hope that your Excellency will excuse the liberty I have just taken to which I would like to add my desire for your response. If your Excellency would give me his thoughts on this, I will try, as much by my own zeal as by the desire that our city’s committees and the merchants in general have, to unite us with your republic, which I hope achieves its desired success.
Since letters to my address sometimes arrive unsealed, I take the liberty of asking you, sir, if our messenger could come to your residence at the Hague three times a week to request orders. This man can come on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays around 2 o’clock in the afternoon.

[salute] I have the honor to be, with the deepest respect for your Excellency, the very humble servant

[signed] A Dubbeldemuts
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Mr Dubbledemutts 18 March. ansd 22. 1782.”
1. The last letter from Rotterdam merchants Franco and Adrianus Dubbeldemuts was 27 June 1781 (Adams Papers), for which see JA ’s letter of 21 June, note 2 (vol. 11:381).
2. The enclosed petition from the Rotterdam merchants, [ca. 16 March], is not in the Adams Papers. JA included an English translation in his letter of 19 March to Robert R. Livingston, calendared below, and reprinted the translation in A Collection of State-Papers, 1782, p. 45–46.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0205

Author: Jay, John
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-18

From John Jay

[salute] Sir

I had the Pleasure of recg your favor of the 28 ult. a few Days ago.
I congratulate You sincerely on the accession of Friesland and the flattering Prospect there is that the Example of that Province will be followed by that of Holland and the others.
It would give me great Satisfaction to be able to transmit you In• { 335 } telligence equally agreable, but that is not the Case. Prudence forbids me to explain myself, for tho’ I am not even now without Hopes, yet the Completion of them is so contingent that I dare not predict when the Delays of this Court will terminate.
I thank you for the Hint respecting the 10 article—that matter has heretofore been attended to, and pressed—I could mention some singular Circumstances respecting it—but they must not be committed to the post office.
The protest of my Bills for want of Payment, will afford you some meditation, and I am persuaded that your Discernment will save me the Necessity of being particular—that affair and others connected with it, has so engaged me that I must take another opportunity of writing more fully to You.

[salute] With great Esteem & Respect I am Sir yrs.

Dft (NNC:John Jay Papers).