A website from the Massachusetts Historical Society; founded 1791.

Browsing: Papers of John Adams, Volume 11

Search for a response to this letter.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0293

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Date: 1781-06-29

This is a summary of a document and does not contain a transcription. If it is available elsewhere in this digital edition, a page number link will be provided below in the paragraph beginning "Printed."

To the President of Congress

Amsterdam, 29 June 1781. RC in John Thaxter's hand PCC, No. 84, III, f. 246–251. printed : Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev., 4:525–527.
This letter consists of an English translation of the letter presented to the States General on 21 June by Louis Ernst, Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel. The letter, which appeared in Dutch newspapers (Gazette de Leyde, 29 June), was a categorical denial of the charges made against him in the memorial that Carel Visscher, Pensionary of Amsterdam, read to William V at an audience held on 8 June. The Duke noted that the States General had appointed him field marshal and William V's tutor prior to William's assumption of the duties of stadholder. He had served the Dutch Republic for thirty years and until the appearance of Amsterdam's memorial there had never been any intimation that the States General disapproved of his actions, much less that he was despised at all levels of society. The Duke declared that a full and rigorous examination by the States General of the charges against him would reveal that they were unfounded and that it would then be incumbent upon that body to take the most decisive action against his accusers.
RC in John Thaxter's hand (PCC, No. 84, III, f. 246–251). printed: (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev., 4:525–527.)
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2018.