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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0230-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-13

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

After the letter that I had the honor to send to you yesterday, my intention was not to write again until next week since there is no news to relay. This { 316 } | view exercise of personal reserve, a consequence of what you had the honor to tell me the last time this was a cause for concern, is an arrangement that I hope will please you, and will smooth out the difficulties which could oppose your good intentions for me.1 What has made me take up my pen today is the attached enclosure from his excellency the French ambassador just sent to me by his secretary, with the request that I send it to you at once.2 The name of the minister on the cover makes me believe that it is of interest and I hope it will be only good news for you. I remain, with as much attachment as respect, hastily, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
Please have the kindness, sir, to acknowledge the receipt of the enclosure.3
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed by John Thaxter: “Mr. Dumas 13th. May 1781.”
1. JA had last commented on Dumas' status as American agent at The Hague in his letter of 27 March, above. Dumas raised the subject again in his letter of 23 May, below.
2. Laurent Bérenger, La Vauguyon's secretary, delivered Philip Mazzei's letter of 28 March, above, the receipt of which JA acknowledged in his reply to Dumas of 19 May, below.
3. This sentence is written in the left margin.
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