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Docno: ADMS-06-07-02-0014

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Author: Lee, Arthur
Author: Adams, John
Author: First Joint Commission at Paris
Recipient: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Date: 1778-09-09

The Commissioners to C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Sir

We received yours1 in which you hint that it is wished by some of our Friends that the Commissioners would propose a Treaty to your Government. It would really be a great Pleasure to them to be instrumental in cementing a Union between the two Republics of Holland and the United States, by a Treaty of Amity and Commerce, similar to that lately concluded with France, or varying where Circumstances might require it. But having received no Answer from the Grand Pensionary, to a Letter2 they respectfully wrote his Excellency some Months since, expressing their Dispositions to such a good Work, they apprehend that any further Motion of the Kind, on their part, would not at present be agreeable, tho' they still hold themselves ready to enter upon such a Treaty whenever it shall seem good to their High Mightinesses. We are with Esteem Your very humble Servants
[signed] B Franklin
[signed] Arthur Lee
[signed] John Adams
RC (Dr. Frederick M. Dearborn, N.Y., 1956).
1. See 4 Sept. (above).
2. Commissioners to Pieter van Bleiswyck, 28 April (vol. 6:61–62).
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