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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0278-0002

Author: Nolet, Jacobus
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-04-19

Jacobus Nolet to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

The merchants of this city, wishing to add their acclamation to those of the rest of the country regarding the public recognition of the independence of the United States of North America by our August sovereigns, have asked me to inquire of your Excellency as to the day, time and place that would be convenient for you to receive six deputies of this said group of merchants. These merchants, who wish to express in their name, the lively sentiments of joy and sincere satisfaction that they feel at this happy event, as well as having the advantage of being able to present their respects to your in your capacity as minister of the said States
You will fulfill our merchants’ wishes and hopes if you would agree to give their deputies the honor of a short meeting with your Excellency regarding the commercial interests of our city!
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Would I dare promise myself, sir, that you would condescend to our desires!
A favorable reply from you will honor us immensely, and in the hope of hearing from you and by imploring the protection of the all powerful for you and your respectable position, I have the honor to be with the highest esteem and the deepest respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Jacobs: Nolet

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0279

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Nolet, Jacobus
Date: 1782-04-20

To Jacobus Nolet

[salute] Sir

I received, to day the Letter you did me the honor to write to me yesterday, and am exceedingly obliged to you for your cordial congratulations, on the great Event which was yesterday finally concluded by their High Mightinesses. The Favour of Providence, has been remarkably manifested in the progress of this Negociation, hitherto, that I very sincerely join with you in imploring its continuance, to the mutual prosperity, and the permanent establishment of the liberties of both Nations.
I have small pretensions to an accurate Knowledge of the Commerce of either Country; but such general notions of it as have fallen to my share, I shall ever esteem it a pleasure and an honor to communicate.
I should be sorry however, to give the trouble of coming to the Hague to so respectable a number of the Merchants of your City; but as I do not propose to return to Amsterdam before Thursday, I shall be happy to receive them, or any of them at the Mareschall de Turenne at the Hague, on any day before that time; and if the hour of twelve on Wednesday next should suit your convenience none will be more agreeable to me.1

[salute] With great Respect, I have the honour to be Sir your most obedt and most humle.

[signed] Servt. J Adams
Tr (Adams Papers); copied by LCA into Lb/JA/26 (Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 114).
1. C. W. F. Dumas indicates in his letter of 10 May to Robert R. Livingston that the delegation led by Nolet met with JA on Monday, 22 April. In their address, the town’s merchants noted the common love of liberty in the Netherlands and the United States arising from their birth in revolutions against despotic powers. They expressed their joy at the States General’s providential decision to recognize American independence and ac• { 432 } knowledge JA as minister plenipotentiary. The address ended with a plea for the free admittance of their city’s produce into the United States. JA enclosed the address with a letter of 5 July to Livingston (||available in Papers of John Adams, vol. 13; || Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev. , 5:408–410, 595–597). For an invitation to dine with the merchants of Schiedam, see Dumas’ letter of 30 April to JA , below.