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. The recipient's copy of Franklin's letter has not been found. However, in an enclosure
to this letter Dumas supplied a much more extensive extract from the Franklin letter
than he inserted above. From that it is clear that Dumas' presentation to the Grand
Pensionary was accurate, but with two significant differences. The first was Franklin's
continuation of the fifth sentence which there reads: “At least that would be my opinion;
for I think that a young State like a young Virgin, should modestly stay at home,
and wait the Application of Suitors for an Alliance with her; and not run about offering
her Amity to all the World, and hazarding their Refusal.” The second was his request
for Dumas' advice on whether, if he should undertake a mission to The Hague as proposed
and Arthur Lee, he would be received as “a Minister of the States of America.” See
also the Commissioners' letter to van Berckel of 29 Oct
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.