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Household Inventories of the U.S. Legation at The Hague

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14 May 1782 – 24 June 1784

I. John Thaxter's Inventories of Household Furnishings, 14 May, 16 October 1782
II. Marie Dumas' Inventory of Household Furnishings, [22 June 1784]
III. Marie Dumas' Inventory of Household Furnishings, [24 June 1784]
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Editorial Note

On 14 May 1782, two days after John Adams moved into the new American legation, John Thaxter inventoried the household furnishings. On 16 Oct., the day before Adams left The Hague for Paris and the peace negotiations, Thaxter likely reviewed his inventory, focusing on the glass- and dinnerware, to determine what had been added since 14 May or was missing or broken (see No. I, note 1, below). Thaxter's inventories are not as detailed as those done by Marie Dumas, the housekeeper at the legation and C. W. F. Dumas' wife, on 22 and 24 June 1784. Although the inventories were done at different times over a period of about two years and must contain items obtained after the move to the legation, they are printed here because it is likely that many of the items described by Marie Dumas in her inventories were present but not included by Thaxter in his 1782 inventories. For the nature of the document from which the inventories are taken, see the descriptive note to John Thaxter's inventories (No. I, below). Note that French and Dutch words or phrases used by John Thaxter in his inventories have been translated in brackets following the entry in which they are used, while Marie Dumas' inventories have been translated in full following the format for translations of other foreign language documents.
The inventories provide an excellent account of the furnishings of an eighteenth-century residence, in this case the American legation at The Hague. Marie Dumas' 1784 inventories likely include all or most of the furnishings that were moved in 1785 from The Hague to the new American legation at Grosvenor Square in London. Unfortunately the lack of a corresponding inventory for the London legation makes it impossible to know precisely what was transferred from The Hague to London. Nor is it possible to know definitively, solely from the descriptions in the inventories, what furnishings originally at The Hague were retained by the Adamses when they returned to the United States in 1788 and may now be at the Adams National Historical Park.

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Author: Thaxter, John
Recipient: Adams, John
DateRange: 1782-05-14 - 1782-10-16

I. John Thaxter's Inventories of Household Furnishings

Inventory

A true copy of the Inventory made by Mr. John Thaxter
  • 12 chafing Dishes
  • 30 Bocale Goblets1—2 broken
  • 4 salt sellers, Ghrystal
  • 22 English Wine Glasses flat—10 Wanting
  • 9 Dozen and 2 Wine Glasses small—14 gone { 27 }
  • 4. Décanters
  • 11. dito flat
  • 23 Wine glasses bought by mad: dumas
  • 19 Rhenish Glasses.
  • 12 small Décanters bought by mad: Dumas
  • 2 Castors.
  • 12 Liqueur Glasses böt by Mad: Dumas.
  • 1 Lantern.
  • 5 Beer Glasses.
this received in good order
(was signed) Lotter.2
  • 8 yellow metal candlesticks
  • 4 Weights of Copper
  • 3 little Bells.
  • 12 Water plates.
  • 1 pair scales.
  • 3 Wash Basons, Queéns, Ware
  • 6 Blue spitting pots.

Queéns Ware.

  • 3 Doz. and 9. Queéns Ware soop Plates—9 Wanting
  • 8 Doz. et 3. dito flat plates—12 Wanting
  • 6. Great round Dishes.
  • 3. dito round Dishes.
  • 8. dito.
  • 2. dito oval
  • 3. dito round and Deep—1. broken
  • 2 dito round &c.
  • 1 Turen and its Plate.
  • 4 paniers avec leurs assiettes [baskets with their plates] for strawberrys
  • 5 butter boats—2. Wanting
  • 2. Three cornered plates
  • 3. sous coup [saucers]
  • 2. fait a coeur [heart shaped]
  • 4. cal.
  • 14. little dessert plates—1 wanting
  • 2. Trouels. [fish knives]
this Articles received in good order
(Was signed) Lotter.
  • 1 faire soupe.
  • 3 Doz. et 9. small Bowls—5. Wanting
  • 5 Doz. Plates for the Bowls—6. wanting { 28 }
  • 5 Bowls for chocolate
  • 13 Sugar Pots.
  • 4 Doz. and 8. large cups.
  • 5. Doz. saucers and 2.
  • 3. Doz. and 8 ordinary Tea cups—11. Wanting
  • 4. Doz. and 4. Saucers.—2. Wanting
  • 10 Tea pots—3 little broken
  • 5 mugs
  • 6 cream Pots
  • 2 Larger Sorts Pots a créme
  • 9. pieds aux oeufs—Egg Pots
  • 8 pepper Pots
  • 5 Salt Sellers.
  • 4. mustard pots
  • 1 coffee pot—broken
  • 2 Sallad Plates.
received this above Articles in good Order
(Was Signed) Lotter.

Porcelaine Blue service

  • 4 Great Dishes deep
  • 4 dito flat.—1 broken
  • 8 dito flat.
  • 7 Small.
  • 8 Small dito
  • 4 Dégoutieres [strainers]
  • 4. Turens with their tops
  • 47. Soop plates
  • 9. Doz. and 8 plates flat—5 Wanting
  • 23 little flat plates
  • 22 little deep plates
  • 12 Sallad plates.
  • 8 butter boats
  • 8. Salt Sellers.
the full content of this received in good order
(Was Signed) F. Lotter.

Porcelaine de saxe

  • 1 Tea pot and its saucer
  • 1 tea canister
  • 1 cream pot With its Saucer
  • 1 Bowl with its Saucer
  • 1 Sugar pot With its Saucer { 29 }
  • 6 coffee cups.
  • 12 tea cups
  • 12 Saucers.

another Set of porcelaine

  • 1 tea pot
  • 1 cream pot
  • 2 sugar pots
  • 12 tea cups
  • 12 saucers
  • 12 coffee cups
  • 12 saucers
  • 1 Bowl with its saucer
  • 1 tea pot
  • 1 cream pot
  • 1 bowl
  • 12 cups
  • 12 saucers.
  • 1 Punch Bowl.
this I have received in good order
(was signed) Lotter.

Blue porcelaine

  • 1 tea pot with its Saucer
  • 1 tea canister
  • 1 Bowl with its saucer
  • 1 sugar pot with its dito
  • 11 cups one broken.
  • 8 saucers.
this Articles received in good order.
  • 2 oval affairs for Wine glasses
  • 2 round dito for Tea
  • 6 plattes for Bottles
  • 17. dito for Wine glasses
  • 16 Blac
this 5 articles received in good order
(was signed) Lotter

Bought by Madam Dumas.

  • 3 Grand compots—chrystal [3 large crystal fruit-bowls]
  • 6 dito avec leurs couveriles [6 ditto with their lids]
  • 4 dito Sans couverts [4 ditto without lids]
  • 2 Pots de moutarde avec Leurs cuilleres [2 mustard pots with their spoons]
received this Articles in a good order
(Was Signed) F: Lotter.
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Mr. A.

  • 1 Feather Bed

Mr. T.

  • 3 Feather Beds
  • 2 Feather Beds—chamber opposite
  • 1 little chamber
  • 1 good Feather
  • 2 for Servants.
  • 10

Mr. A.

  • 1 matrass
  • 3 little chamber
  • m. T.
  • 2
  • 6.

Bolsters.

  • 1—chamber
  • 3 little chamber
  • mr. T.
  • 2
  • mr. A.
  • 1
  • 2 Servants
  • 9

pillows

  • 8 little chamber
  • 2 mr. T.
  • 1 mr. A.
  • 4 servants.
  • 15

Strawbeds

  • mr. A.
  • 2.
  • 2. m. T.
  • 4. servants
  • 8.

Blankets.

  • 1 mr. a.
  • 5 little chamber { 31 }
  • 1 little chamber
  • 3 mr.—T.
  • 4 jacob and john
  • 2 girls.
  • 16.

Coverlids

  • 1 chamber
  • 1 mr. A.
  • 2 mr. T. chamber
  • 1 little chamber
  • 1 girls
  • 6.
Alle the Beddings received
as in the Lÿst mentioned
(Was Signed) F: Lotter.
  • 52 Draps [52 sheets]
  • 13 nappes fines [13 fine tablecloths]
  • 5 nappes pour la cuisine [5 tablecloths for the kitchen]
  • 53 <nappes> serviettes fines dito 3 more [53 fine napkins ditto 3 more]
  • 11 Essuimains [11 towels]
  • 3 petits dito [3 small ditto]
  • 19 toits de lits [19 canopies]
  • 4 tablier pour Les Domestiques [4 aprons for the servants]
  • 34 grosse Serviettes, [34 large napkins] (ceci nest pas sur Linventaire de mr. J. Thaxter) [This is not on Mr. J. Thaxter's inventory].
  • 7 Russen sloopen [Russian pillow-cases]
  • 6 white waiscoats and 3 pair of breeches.
received all Well
(was signed) F: Lotter.
FC in an unknown hand (Adams Papers) This document consists of fourteen numbered pages and was done sometime after 24 June 1784. It is a compendium of four inventories of the household goods of the U.S. legation at The Hague that were taken by John Thaxter and Marie Dumas between 14 May 1782 and 24 June 1784, the originals of which have not been found. John Thaxter's inventories are dated 14 May and 16 Oct. 1782 and appear on pages 1 through 6 of the FC. Since they cannot be definitively distinguished from each other, they are printed here as one document. Marie Dumas' inventories of 22 and 24 June 1784 (Nos. II and III, below) appear, respectively, on pages 7 through 12 and 13 and 14 of the FC. Where Thaxter uses a French or Dutch term to describe an item and it can be identified, a translation has been provided in brackets.
1. In this and other entries where it is indicated that items are broken or missing, the first portion was likely part of the original 14 May inventory, with the remainder resulting from Thaxter's review on 16 October.
2. Lotter's name, usually F. Lotter, appears throughout the inventories. He is otherwise unidentified but was presumably related to Christian Lotter who served as JA's steward at The Hague from 1784 or earlier (AFC, 6:197).
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Author: Dumas, Marie
Date: 1784-06-22

II. Marie Dumas’ Inventory of Household Furnishings

Inventaires, de tout ce qui appartient a son Excellence Monsieur Adams Ecuÿer &c &c. tant, ce que j’ai recu D’amsterdam, que ce que j’ai achetté par ordre de son Excellence monsieur adams, come aussi ce que j’ai achetté, qui ettoit absolument necessaire dans son Hotel, plusieurs articles qui ne se trouveront point sur les inventaires de Monsieur Thaxter, come, chaises, tables, tapis de toute Espece, miroirs, Lits de camp et fournitures de plusieurs articles qui ettoit necessaire pour l’usage du ménage. Fait par moi marie Dumas a la Haie le 22e. juin 1784.
meubles De L’antichambre.   16 chaises de damas Verd avec leurs couvertures.  
2 fauteuils dito avec leurs couvertures.  
1 tapis neuf de turquie  
2 rideau de toile grise  
2 rideau de gaze avec deux barres de cuivre  
Grand Salon   1 grand tapis neuf de turquie  
2 grand morceau dito a jouté au grand tapis au coin de la cheminée  
1 canapé et coussin de damas rouge  
6 fauteuils dito avec leurs coussins de duvet.  
6 fauteuils dito sans coussins  
4 rideau de damas avec leurs deux fers  
8 kwast avec leurs cordes.  
1 grand miroir avec un quadre Doré.  
1 table de marbre, et son pied tout entier.  
Sale à manger   2 tapis de turquie attaché emsemble  
1 miroir rond doré  
2 grand rideau de toile grise  
2 rideau de gaze avec leurs deux barres de cuivre.  
12 chaises vertes de trip  
2 fauteuils dito.  
Chambre en haut que Mr. Thaxter à occupés   1 grand tapis D’angleterre a fleurs rouge  
2 Lit de camp de mahony monté  
1 miroir rond doré.  
1 table de chaine brun avec deux tiroir  
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1 bureau de mahony avec trois tiroirs  
1 miroir de toilette avec trois tiroirs et une Cléf.  
6 chaises de trip vertes avec le dos de meme  
1 chose brune avec deux tiroirs pour mettre L’eau et ce quil faut pour se laver avec un Essuimains.  
1 Ecuelle jaune de porcelaine  
1e. Lit préparé   1 matelat bleu et blanc  
1 lit de plumie  
1 traversin  
1 cousin  
2 Draps marqué I.A. 41.  
1 toits de lits marqué I.A. 33.  
1 couverte de laine brodée au 4 coins, rouge et jaune  
1 dito de coton piquée fond rouge a fleurs.  
2d. Lit préparé   1 matelat bleu et blanc  
1 lit de plume  
1 traversin  
1 cousin  
1 Draps marqué I.A. 41.  
1 Draps marqué I.A. 11.  
1 toits de lits marqué I.A. 33.  
1 couverte de laine brodée au 4 coins rouge et jaune  
1 dito de coton piquée fond rouge a fleur.  
1 grille de fer  
1 pincette.  
Chambre du Balcon   1 lit de camp de mahony monté  
1 matelat bleu et blanc  
1 lit de plume  
1 traversin  
1 cousin  
2 Draps marqué I.A. 11:  
1 toits de lits marqué I.A. 33.  
1 couverte de laine marquée au 4 coins rouge noir et Verd.  
1 dito de coton piquée fond blanc et rouge avec des fleurs.  
1 coffre de cuir noir avec un tiroir  
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Chambre de Mr. J.Q. Adams   1 tapis de <turquie> d’angletterre a fleurs rouge  
1 miroir rond doré  
1 miroir de toilette avec trois tiroirs  
1 bureau de mahony avec 4 tiroirs fermé  
1 Portrait de M. Washingston avec un quadre doré.1  
1 petite cassette pour eccrire fermée  
1 chose brune avec deux tiroirs pour se laver avec une Ecuelle et une cruche, de porcelaine jaune et un Essuimains  
1 grille complette  
un balet.  
une pincette  
1 table bois de chaine brun, avec deux tiroirs fermé avec un pupitre dessus de draps Verd aussi fermé  
1 ecritoire complet D’Etaing  
6 Chaises de trip rouge  
3 coffres fermé  
1 petit coffret cordé ou j’ai posé mon cachet  
1 table ronde peinte  
une armoire avec des Livres, et la liste auprés dont j’ai copie  
une armoire avec la liste de ce quelle renform dont j’ai copie  
une armoire avec des habits ou il y a la liste dont j’ai copie  
1 Lit de mahony dressé  
2 petites paillasses  
1 matelat verd et blanc  
1 Lit de plume  
1 traversin  
1 cousin  
2 Draps marqués I.A. 41.  
1 toits de lits marqué I.A 33.  
1 couverte de laine marquée au 4 coins jaune Noir et Verd.  
1 couverte de coton fond rouge, et fleur bleue et blanche.  
1 pot de chambre de porcelaine jaune  
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1 petit chandelliers d’argent que j’ai remis à Son Excellence Monsieur Adams.  
chambre de Son Excellence Monsieur Adams   3 tapis de turquie attaché Emsemble.  
3 bureaux de mahony avec trois tiroirs chacun  
1 Secretaire de mahony avec un tiroir fermé  
1 Secretaire marquetté avec un tiroir.  
1 cabinet de mahonny avec 3 tiroirs.  
2 petites tables de mahonny avec un tiroir chacune  
1 table de mahony plus grande avec un tiroir et un tapis de draps Verd.  
1 grand miroir avec un quadre doré.  
2 miroirs de toilette avec 3 tiroirs chacun  
Le Portrait de S.E. monsieur adams avec un quadre doré.2  
Le Portrait de monsieur J.Q. Adams avec un quadre doré3  
Le Portrait de monsieur C: Adams avec un quadre doré4  
1 chose brune pour Se laver avec deux tiroirs, une Ecuelle et une cruche jaune de porcelaine et un Essuimains.  
2 tablas de mahony contenant 17 grandes planches et 12 petites.  
1 Echelle de mahony qui S’ouvre.  
1 boite a thé de mahony avec 3 boites de cuivre  
1 boite a tabac de mahony  
1 boite pour les razoirs, de mahony  
1 boite de fer blanc peinte  
1 coffre de cuir noir entourré de cloux.  
6 chaises de trip vertes avec le dos de meme  
1 thermometre  
1 grille, 1 pincette, et un balet.  
1 petite caisse blanche  
1 Epée d’argent, et une badine garnie en argent.  
1 fouèt, et deux chapeaux.  
1 Lit de camp de mahony monté avec 4 rideau de damas Verd et le rabas de meme 10 Kwast, avec le ciel garni en frange.  
2 paillasse  
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1 matelat verd et blanc  
1 lit de plume  
1 traversin  
1 cousin  
2 Draps marqués I.A. 10  
1 toits de lits marqués I.A. 33.  
1 couverte de laine brodée au 4 coins rouge et jaune  
1 couverte de coton piquée fond blanc et fleurs rouge  
1 couverture de lit de damas verd doublée en tafetas  
2 rideau de toile grise au fenetres  
1 pot de chambre de porcelaine jaune.  
  All this Articles I have
found so as they are cited here
(was Signed) F. Lotter.  
dans la chamber de Provission   2 Verres montés pour le dessert avec des fleurs.  
4 dito sans fleurs.  
2 bouteilles de cornichon  
1 dito de capres.  
1 bouteille Liqueur de marosquin  
1 dito a la fleur D’orange  
2 Lanternes pour devant la maison  
2 couvercles dito Verd et Doré.  
3 tapis D’angletterre  
1 petit morceau dito  
2 petit morceau de turquie  
2 chaufe pieds de fer  
1 réchaud dito  
1 panier de pipes  
2 rideau de gaze Verd cousu emsemble avec une barre de cuivre.  
2 tapis, rouge de table pour la chambre de S. Excellence  
Vestibule   1 lanterne peinte en Verd et doré, avec une planche  
1 morceaux de mahonny de la table de mahony.  
1 <morceaux> tapis Noir  
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Sur les dégrés   3 tapis D’angletterre  
29 barres de cuivre pour les attacher  
58 cuillet de cuivre attaché au Dégré  
dans L’allée   2 Bancs Verds.  
3 mattes.  
received these articles in good order.  
Cuisine   1 pot pour Le Savon  
30 formes de fer blanc  
1 grande table avec deux tiroirs  
1 chaudron de fer blanc pour boullir d’eau  
1 table ronde avec un tiroir  
1 chaudron de fer blanc, pour monsieur pour prendre le thé.  
2 grande caisse blanche  
1 vloot pour hacher Les Légumes  
1 planche dito pour hacher Les Légumes  
1 grande poele avec son pied.  
6 tamis  
une perse avec trois tiroirs  
1 boite de fer blanc peinte en rouge et fleurs jaune  
1 pot de gréve  
1 Seringue pour les fenitres  
1 forme pour les Podings  
6 batons pour pendre le linge  
1 soufflet.  
2 Lanternes pour Les Domestiques  
1 tonneau Verd avec des bandes de fers  
2 Spitjes.  
dans la 2de. chamber de Provission   1 lit de camp  
1 coffre ou est Le Linge  
chambre acoté chambre. de la Servante   1 pupitre en drap Verd, un ecritoire, et une Sonnêtte  
2 paillasse  
1 lit de plume  
1 traversin  
1 cousin  
2 Draps marqué I.A. 41.  
1 toits de lits marqué I.A. 8.  
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2 couvertes de laine marquée au quatre coins  
1 couverte de coton fond rouge et fleurs blanche  
Lit des domestiques   2 paillasse  
1 lit de plume  
1 traversin  
2 cousins  
2 Draps marqués I.A 41.  
1 toits de lits marqués I.A. 8.  
2 couvertes de laine marquées au quatre coins.  
  received the Same  
Lit du cuisinier   1 lit de plume  
1 traversin  
1 cousin  
2 Draps marqués I.A. 41  
1 toits de lits marqués I.A. 8.  
2 couvertes de Laine  
  received as Stands here mentioned
(was signed) F. Lotter.  

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Author: Dumas, Marie
Date: 1784-06-22

II. Marie Dumas’ Inventory of Household Furnishings: A Translation

Inventories of everything belonging to his Excellency Mr. Adams, esquire, as well as what I received from Amsterdam that I purchased per order of his Excellency Mr. Adams, and also items that I purchased that were absolutely necessary for his home. Several articles will not be found on Mr. Thaxter’s inventory, such as chairs, tables, carpets of all sorts, mirrors, beds, and several articles of useful furnishings necessary to run a household. Done by me, Marie Dumas, at The Hague, 22 June 1784.
Furniture in the anteroom   16 green damask chairs and their covers.  
2 ditto armchairs and their covers.  
1 new Turkish rug  
2 gray toile curtains  
2 gauze curtains with brass rods  
Living room   1 large new Turkish rug  
2 large pieces of the same added to the large carpet at the hearth  
1 red damask settee and cushions  
6 ditto armchairs with their down cushions.  
6 ditto armchairs without cushions  
4 damask curtains and their rods  
8 tassels with their cords.  
1 large gilded mirror.  
1 large marble tabletop and marble base.  
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Dining room   2 Turkish carpets attached together  
1 round gilded mirror  
2 large gray toile curtains  
2 gauze curtains with brass rods.  
12 chairs with green upholstery  
2 ditto armchairs.  
Mr. Thaxter’s bedroom upstairs   1 large red floral English carpet  
2 assembled mahogany camp beds  
1 round gilded mirror.  
1 brown oak table with two drawers  
1 mahogany desk with three drawers  
1 dressing mirror with three drawers and a key.  
6 chairs with green upholstered seats and backs  
1 brown thing with two drawers to hold water for washing with a hand towel.  
1 yellow porcelain bowl  
1st prepared bed   1 blue and white mattress  
1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
1 cushion  
2 sheets marked I.A. 41.  
1 canopy marked I.A. 33.  
1 wool blanket with red and yellow embroidered corners  
1 floral cotton quilt with a red background.  
2nd prepared bed   1 blue and white mattress  
1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
1 cushion  
1 sheet marked I.A. 41.  
1 sheet marked I.A. 11.  
1 canopy marked I.A. 33.  
1 wool blanket with red and yellow embroidered corners  
1 white floral cotton quilt with a red background.  
1 iron grate  
1 set of tongs.  
Balcony room   1 assembled mahogany camp bed  
1 blue and white mattress  
1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
1 cushion  
2 sheets marked I.A. 11:  
1 canopy marked I.A. 33.  
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1 wool blanket with red, black and green corners.  
1 floral cotton quilt with a white and red background.  
1 black leather chest with a drawer  
Mr. J.Q. Adams’ bedroom   1 <Turkish> English red floral carpet  
1 round gilded mirror  
1 dressing mirror with three drawers  
1 mahogany desk with 4 closed drawers  
1 portrait of Mr. Washington with a gilded frame.1  
1 small closed writing box  
1 brown thing with two drawers and a yellow porcelain bowl and pitcher for washing and a hand towel  
1 grate  
1 broom.  
1 set of tongs  
1 brown oak table with two closed drawers with a closed writing desk on top with a green blotter  
1 pewter writing case  
6 chairs with red upholstery  
3 closed chests  
1 small-corded box where I keep my seal  
1 round painted table  
1 cabinet with a list of the books it contains of which I have a copy  
1 cabinet with a list of its contents of which I have a copy  
1 wardrobe with the list of its contents of which I have a copy  
1 assembled mahogany bed  
2 small straw mattresses  
1 green and white mattress  
1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
1 cushion  
2 sheets marked I.A. 41.  
1 canopy marked I.A 33.  
1 wool blanket marked in each corner with yellow, black and green.  
1 blue and white floral cotton blanket with a red background.  
1 yellow porcelain chamber pot  
1 small silver candelabra that I returned to his Excellency Mr. Adams.  
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His Excellency Mr. Adams’ bedroom   3 Turkish carpets attached together.  
3 mahogany desks each with three drawers  
1 mahogany secretary with a locked drawer  
1 marquetry secretary with a drawer.  
1 mahogany cabinet with 3 drawers.  
2 small mahogany tables each with one drawer  
1 larger mahogany table with one drawer and a green table cloth.  
1 large mirror in a gilded frame.  
2 dressing mirrors each with 3 drawers  
The portrait of his Excellency Mr. Adams in a gilded frame.2  
The portrait of Mr. J.Q. Adams in a gilded frame3  
The portrait of Mr. C: Adams in a gilded frame4  
1 brown thing with two drawers, a yellow porcelain pitcher and a hand towel used for washing.  
2 mahogany tables with 17 large boards and 12 small ones.  
1 mahogany ladder that opens.  
1 mahogany tea box with three copper boxes  
1 mahogany tobacco box  
1 mahogany box for razors  
1 painted tin box  
1 black leather box with nailhead trim.  
6 green upholstered chairs with matching backs  
1 thermometer  
1 grate, 1 set of tongs, and a broom.  
1 small white case  
1 silver sword and a switch decorated in silver.  
1 whip, and two hats.  
1 assembled mahogany camp bed with four green damask curtains and the flap in the same fabric 10 tassels with the top adorned with fringe.  
2 straw mattresses  
1 green and white mattress  
1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
1 cushion  
2 sheets marked I.A. 10  
1 canopy marked I.A. 33.  
1 wool blanket with corners embroidered in red and yellow  
1 red floral cotton quilt with a white background  
1 damask bed spread lined with taffeta.  
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2 gray toile curtains at the windows  
1 yellow porcelain chamber pot.  
  All this Articles I have
found so as they are cited here
(was signed) F. Lotter.  
In the storeroom   2 floral footed dessert dishes.  
4 of the same without flowers.  
2 bottles of gherkins  
1 bottle of capers.  
1 bottle of Moroccan liqueur  
1 ditto of orange liqueur  
2 lanterns for the front of the house  
2 covers ditto, green and gold.  
3 English carpets  
1 small piece ditto  
2 small pieces of Turkish carpets  
2 iron foot warmers  
1 iron stove  
1 basket of pipes  
2 green gauze curtains sewn together and with brass rod.  
2 red table cloths for his Excellency’s bedroom  
Vestibule   1 lantern painted green and gilded, with a board  
1 mahogany leaf for the mahogany table.  
1 <pieces> black carpet  
On the stairs   3 english carpets  
29 brass rods to attach them  
58 brass fasteners for attaching to the step  
In the pathway   2 green benches.  
3 mats.  
received these articles in good order.  
Kitchen   1 soap dish  
30 tin molds  
1 large table with two drawers  
1 tin plated cauldron for boiling water  
1 round table with one drawer  
1 tin plated cauldron for monsieur’s tea.  
2 large white boxes  
1 tray to chop vegetables  
1 vegetable chopping board  
1 large stove and its stand.  
6 sieves  
1 perse with three drawers  
1 tin box painted with red and yellow flowers  
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1 gréve dish  
1 syringe for the windows  
1 pudding mold  
6 rods to hang laundry  
1 bellows.  
2 lanterns for the servants  
1 green barrel with iron bands  
2 [spits?].  
In the second storeroom   1 camp bed  
1 chest with linens  
Room adjoining the servants’ room   1 desk with a green blotter, writing case and bell  
2 straw mattresses  
1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
1 cushion  
2 sheets marked I.A. 41.  
1 canopy marked I.A. 8.  
2 wool blankets marked in each corner  
1 cotton blanket with a red background and white flowers  
Servants’ bed   2 straw mattresses  
1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
2 cushions  
2 sheets marked I.A 41.  
1 canopy marked I.A. 8.  
2 wool blankets marked in each corner.  
  received the Same  
Cook’s bed   1 featherbed  
1 bolster  
1 cushion  
2 sheets marked I.A. 41  
1 canopy marked I.A. 8.  
2 wool blankets  
  received as Stands here mentioned
(was signed) F. Lotter.  
FC in an unknown hand (Adams Papers). For a description of this document see the descriptive note to John Thaxter’s inventories of 14 May and 16 Oct. 1782 (No. I, above).
1. This portrait of George Washington has not been located or identified, but it may be a copy of John Trumbull’s 1780 portrait of Washington owned by Jean de Neufville and known as the “De Neufville Washington.” De Neufville apparently commissioned an otherwise unidentified artist named Giraúd to copy Trumbull’s work. For the Trumbull portrait, Giraúd’s copy, and the possibility that de Neufville gave the copy to JA, see Jean de Neufville’s letter of 7 Feb., note 1, and references there (vol. 12:231).
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2. This portrait of JA has not been located or identified.
3. This is probably the pastel or crayon portrait done by Isaak Schmidt during the period between April and July 1783, following JQA’s return to the Netherlands from St. Petersburg. For a description of this portrait, which is now in the National Portrait Gallery, and a reproduction, see AFC, 5:xv–xvi, 215.
4. This portrait of CA was presumably done before his departure for America in mid-1781 but has been neither located nor identified. It is probably this portrait that JA refers to in his letter of 3 July 1782 to Jean de Neufville & Fils, below, where he inquires about reimbursing the de Neufville firm for the “Expence . . . of the Frame of my sons [picture].”

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0019-0004

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0019-0004-0001

Author: Dumas, Marie
Date: 1784-06-24

III. Marie Dumas’ Inventory of Household Furnishings

Inventaires de la Batterie de cuisine, selon que je l’ai recue de Monsieur John Thaxter, et come Son Excellence Monsieur Adams, pourra toujours voir Sur le compte du ferblantier, qui a tout Etainne la dite Batterie de cuisine Selon L’accord que l’on avoit fait avec lui, Les comptes ont Eté Livrés à Son Excellence Monsieur Adams dans L’année 1782.
  • 12 casseroles
  • 12 couvercles
  • 2 rond d’une tartiere
  • 2 tartierres
  • 2 couvercles
  • 1 dégoutiere profonde
  • 1 dito platte
  • 3 marmittes
  • 3 couvercles
  • 1 grande avec Son couvercles
  • 1 placque ou l’on cuit le poisson dans Le chaudron
  • 2 grand chaudron avec leurs deux couvercles
  • 1 dito sans couvercle
  • 2 Ecumoir de fer blanc
  • 1 chocoladiere
  • 1 cafetierre
  • 1 Etouffoir avec deux couvercles
  • 1 couvercle de cuivre
  • 1 chaudron pour L’eau
  • 2 chaines
  • 1 grille avec un trift. { 45 }
  • 2 petites cuillieres D’Etaing
  • 2 trepieds
  • 3 blaakers de cuivre
  • 1 dito de fer blanc
  • 1 Lechefrite de cuivre
  • 2 fers pour mettre devant Le tourne broche
  • 1 tournebroche avec Son appareil
  • 4 blakers peint
  • 1 moulin a caffé
  • 2 balance de cuivre et Le poids dito
  • 1 rol plank et un rouleau
  • 2 fer pour La Viande au tournebroche
  • 1 couteau pour hacher
  • 1 pot de fer pour les cendres.
  • 1 sceau pour aller au marché
  • 2 Bak de mahonny pour couvrir la table
  • 7 cuillieres D’Etaing.
all this articles found
in good order.
(Was Signed) F: Lotter
A true Copy of What is Wanting1
  • 1 greén carpet of the table
  • 1 oval Affair for Wine Glasses
  • 1 blue flate Dish broken
  • 1 Wine glass of the 9 Dozen Wanting
  • 2 Decanters of the 11 Wanting
  • 2 Bowls of 3 Doz. en 9 Wanting
  • 1 Saucer of 5 Doz. and 2. Wanting
  • 3 cups of 3 Doz. and 8. Wanting
  • 7 Saucers of 4 Doz. and 2. Wanting
  • 1 Sugar pot of 13 Wants
  • 1 milk pot of 6. Wants.
  • 1 mustard pot of the 4. Wants.
  • 1 Salt Seller of 5. Wants.
  • 1 Koffy pot of madam Dumas.
  • 2 Little dessert plates of 13 Wants
  • 3 butter boats of 5 Wants
  • 1 round Dish of 8 Wants 3/poid
  • 2 plates of 7 Doz. and 3 Wanting amongst 3 Defect
  • 10 Soup plates of 3 Doz. Wants.
  • 1 Saucer to the Bowl Wants { 46 }
  • 1 Saucer of the Sugar pot Wants
  • 2 blue cups of 10 Wants.
  • 1 round Looking glass.
Je certifie moi marie Dumas, que ce que monsieur Lotter a mentionné ci dessus est vrai en foi de quoi je lui Signe ceci pour lui Servir pour Sa justification, Lorsquil devra rendre les Effets, quil à déclare par sa Signature avoir recu de moi.
[signed] (ettoit signé) marie Dumas.

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0019-0004-0002

Author: Dumas, Marie
Date: 1784-06-24

III. Marie Dumas’ Inventory of Household Furnishings: A Translation

Inventory of the kitchen, according to the one I received from Mr. John Thaxter. Mr. Adams is always able to see the account at the tinsmith, who made all the pots, pans, and utensils for the kitchen according to their agreement. The accounts were delivered to his Excellency Mr. Adams in 1782.
  • 12 saucepans
  • 12 lids
  • 2 tart rounds
  • 2 tart pans
  • 2 lids
  • 1 deep strainer
  • 1 shallow ditto
  • 3 pots
  • 3 lids
  • 1 large one with its lids
  • 1 plate for cooking fish in the cauldron
  • 2 large cauldrons with their lids
  • 1 without a lid
  • 2 tin skimmers
  • 1 chocolate pot
  • 1 coffee pot
  • 1 damper with two lids
  • 1 copper lid
  • 1 cauldron for water
  • 2 chains
  • 1 grate with a [trivet?].
  • 2 small pewter spoons
  • 3 trivets
  • 3 copper candlesticks
  • 1 tin ditto { 47 }
  • 1 copper dripping pan
  • 2 irons to put in front of the roasting jack
  • 1 complete roasting jack
  • 4 painted candlesticks
  • 1 coffee mill
  • 2 copper scales and copper weights
  • 1 rolling board and a rolling pin
  • 2 irons for meat on the roasting jack
  • 1 chopping knife
  • 1 iron pot for ashes.
  • 1 bucket for going to market
  • 2 mahogany trays to cover the table
  • 7 pewter spoons
all this articles found in good order.
(Was signed) F: Lotter
A true Copy of What is Wanting1
  • 1 greén carpet of the table
  • 1 oval Affair for Wine Glasses
  • 1 blue flate Dish broken
  • 1 Wine glass of the 9 Dozen Wanting
  • 2 Decanters of the 11 Wanting
  • 2 Bowls of 3 Doz. en 9 Wanting
  • 1 Saucer of 5 Doz. and 2. Wanting
  • 3 cups of 3 Doz. and 8. Wanting
  • 7 Saucers of 4 Doz. and 2. Wanting
  • 1 Sugar pot of 13 Wants
  • 1 milk pot of 6. Wants.
  • 1 mustard pot of the 4. Wants.
  • 1 Salt Seller of 5. Wants.
  • 1 Koffy pot of madam Dumas.
  • 2 Little dessert plates of 13 Wants
  • 3 butter boats of 5 Wants
  • 1 round Dish of 8 Wants 3/poid
  • 2 plates of 7 Doz. and 3 Wanting amongst 3 Defect
  • 10 Soup plates of 3 Doz. Wants.
  • 1 Saucer to the Bowl Wants
  • 1 Saucer of the Sugar pot Wants
  • 2 blue cups of 10 Wants.
  • 1 round Looking glass.
I Marie Dumas certify that what Mr. Lotter has mentioned above is true, and in good faith I sign this to serve as his proof regarding the effects which he has declared under his signature to have been received from me.
[signed] (was signed) Marie Dumas.
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FC in an unknown hand (Adams Papers). For a description of this document see the descriptive note to John Thaxter’s inventories of 14 May and 16 Oct. 1782 (No. I, above).
1. Since the list of missing items was in English in the MS, it has been retained without revision in the translation.
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, 2014.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/