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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0070-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-03

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Honoured & Dear Sir

J'ai les honorées vôtres des 31e. Janvr. et 2e. fevr. reçues toutes les deux à la fois ce matin.
Je suis bien charmé that all's well in America. En revanche, je vous dirai, that all's well at Pertersb. Car je sai de bonne part, qu'avanthier un Exprés est arrivé avanthier delà, au Mine. de cette Cour-là, en réponse à la notification du départ de S. J. Y., et que les dispositions de la dite Cour à l'égard et en faveur1 de la rep. n'ont nullement été changées par cette nouvelle. On attend donc, avec une parfaite sécurité, des réponses également satisfaisantes, quant au Manifeste Britannique, et à la réclame des Vx. pris à la Rep.2 mais pas avant la fin de ce mois, ou le commencement du Suivant.
Voici une Lettre que Mrs. Dela Lande & Fynje ont reçue hier pour vous de Petersbourg,3 et qu'ils m'envoient d'Amst. ici, je ne comprends pas pourquoi. Car ils doivent savoir votre demeure. Je leur demanderai la raison de cette singularité; et quand je la saurai, je vous en donnerai connoissance. Mr. Silas Deane passant ici pour Amstm. avanthier4 m'a apporté de la part de S. E. Mr. Franklin un paquet, dans lequel il y avait trois Lettres pour S. E. Mr. Lawrens, avec ordre de Mr. F– n de vous les faire tenir.5 Comme cela feroit un paquet un peu gros par la poste, et que ces Lettres, à ce que je pense, ne pressent pas, j'attendrai que Mr. Gillon repasse ici de Rotterdam, pour vous les envoyer par lui.
Je Suis avec mon Epouse sensible comme nous le devons à votre obligeante bonté, Monsieur, pour ma fille, à qui Mr. Gillon a remis les 4 volumes du Théatre de Made. Genlis.6
Je me réserve de répondre demain ou après-demain à vos deux dernieres.7 La poste, qui va partir, ne me permet rien de plus aujourd'hui, que le respect et l'attachement sincere avec lesquels je suis pour toujours, Monsieur Votre très-humble & très obéissant serviteur
[signed] Dumas

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0070-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-03

C. W. F. Dumas to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Honoured & Dear Sir

I have received your letters of 31 January and 2 February together this morning.
I am very delighted that all's well in America. In response, I tell you, that all's well at St. Petersburg, because I heard on good authority the day before { 105 } yesterday, that an express post arrived the day before that from the minister of that Court in response to the departure of Sir Joseph Yorke, and that the dispositions of this said Court have not changed at all because of this news in regard to and in favor1 of this republic. One expects then, with perfect security, equally satisfying responses regarding the British manifesto, and the reclamation of the vessels taken from the Republic,2 but not before the end of this month or the beginning of the next.
Here is a letter that Messrs. De la Lande & Fynje received yesterday for you from St. Petersburg.3 They sent it to me from Amsterdam, but I do not know why, since they must know where you live. I will ask them the reason for this singularity, and when I find out, I will tell you. Mr. Silas Deane passed by here the day before yesterday on the way to Amsterdam4 and brought me a packet on behalf of His Excellency Mr. Franklin, which included three letters for His Excellency Mr. Laurens, with the request by Mr. Franklin that you retain them.5 Since these letters would make my packet too large for the post, and, since I think they are not urgent, I will wait to send them on to you with Mr. Gillon, when he passes through here from Rotterdam.
My wife and I are touched by your obliging kindness, sir, in sending our daughter, through Mr. Gillon, the four volumes on the theater of Madame Genlis.6
I will wait until tomorrow or the day after to respond to your last two letters. The mail, which is about to leave, does not permit me to express anything further today, except the sincere respect and attachment with which I remain as always, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,
[signed] Dumas
1. The preceding three words in the French text were interlined.
2. The remainder of this sentence in the French text was added later.
3. This is Stephen Sayre's letter of 10 Jan., above.
4. The preceding five words in the French text were interlined.
5. The letters for Henry Laurens were enclosed with Franklin's letter to Dumas of 18 Jan. (Franklin, Papers, 34:287–289).
6. Stéphanie Félicité Ducrest de Saint Aubin, Comtesse de Genlis, Théâtre à l'usage des jeunes personnes, 4 vols. 1779–1780. The copy that JA sent to Dumas' daughter may have been that which he purchased at Paris on 19 March 1780 (Diary and Autobiography, 2:436).
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/