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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0259-0001

Author: Abbema, Balthasar Elias
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-04-11

From Balthasar Elias Abbema

[salute] Monsieur

Je Serois bien flatté, Si j’etois le premier a Vous informer, que les Etats de la Prove. d’Utrecht ont pris hier unanimement la Resolution de concourir avec les Autres Provinces à Votre admission, comme Ministre Plenipot. du Congres des Prov. Unies de l’Amer• { 403 } ique;1 Je viens d’en recevoir la nouvelle de Mon frere, Membre du Tiers Etat de la dite Province: Je profite toujours de cette occasion de Vous assurer, Monsieur, de l’estime particuliere et de la consideration distinguée, avec lesquels J’ai l’honneur d’etre, Monsieur, Votre tres humble et tres Obeissant Serviteur
[signed] B E Abbema

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0259-0002

Author: Abbema, Balthasar Elias
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-04-11

Balthasar Elias Abbema to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

I will be very flattered if I am the first to inform you that the Provincial States of Utrecht yesterday adopted unanimously the resolution concurring with the other provinces for your admission as minister plenipotentiary of the Congress of the United Provinces of America.1 I received this news from my brother, a member of the third estate of the said province. I take advantage of this occasion as always to assure you, sir, of the particular esteem and the distinguished consideration with which I have the honor to be, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,
[signed] B E Abbema
1. No copy of the Dutch text of the resolution adopted by Utrecht on 10 April is in the Adams Papers, but JA included an English translation in his letter of 19 April to Robert R. Livingston, below, and in A Collection of State-Papers, 1782, p. 88–89.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0260

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Abbema, Balthasar Elias
Date: 1782-04-11

To Balthasar Elias Abbema

[salute] Sir

Your favor of this morning, announcing the unanimous Resolution of the States of Utrecht taken yesterday in favor of American Independence, is just come to hand. I had recieved a few Minutes before a french Gazette of Utrecht, containing the same Article: but I am very happy to recieve it in a more authentick manner from a Gentleman of so distinguished a Reputation for Patriotism. The Unanimity and Ardor, with which this Measure is adopted by the whole Nation, is to me an affecting Circumstance, and an Augur of much Good to both Nations. With great Esteem and Consideration, I have the honor to be Sir, &c &c
LbC in John Thaxter’s hand (Adams Papers).
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