. On 15 March, anticipating his recognition as minister, JA
reported to Francis Dana that he had purchased “an house at the Hague, fit for the
Hotel des Etats Unis, or if you will L'Hotel de nouveau Monde” (MHi
:Dana Papers). The building was on the Fluwelen Burgwal or Street of the Velvet Makers'
Wall, on a site which, with adjacent property, is now occupied by the Netherlands
Government Printing Office. Documents bearing on its acquisition (through JA
's agent at The Hague, C. W. F. Dumas) and an engraved illustration of the site about
1830 will be found in JA, Diary and Autobiography
, and facing p. 65
moved into this first American-owned legation building in Europe on 12 May. Dumas,
his wife, and their young daughter were the caretakers. See JA
, 13 May
; Thaxter to AA
, 27 July
; both below.