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This note contained in document ADMS-06-11-02-0204
1. JA deliberately dated the memorial 19 April, the sixth anniversary of the opening battles of the American Revolution. The allusion to Lexington and Concord would be obvious to Americans and also would remind the Dutch people of their own revolt against Spanish rule. Note that exactly one year later, on 19 April 1782, the States General recognized the United States.
JA also may have intended to present the memorial on 19 April, but events delayed its delivery until 4 May. The memorial was completed prior to 13 April, the day Dumas translated the text into French (LbC, Adams Papers). JA's ultimate decision to inform the French ambassador of his intentions, however, and his subsequent meetings with La Vauguyon, which did not take place until 19–20 April, as well as William V's absence from The Hague between 18 and 24 April all would have delayed its presentation (from La Vauguyon, 17 April, above; Gazette de Leyde, 17, 27 April).
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