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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0080-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-07

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

[salute] Sir

I have the honor of your letter of the 6th and will respond to it at my leisure another day. I will only say to you that I am angry that you do not have the powers you spoke about, and that it seems necessary to ask Congress for these powers immediately. It is not a question of making a treaty with only this republic, nor with it the first one, but rather signing one with Russia, and after that with the other allies. This is greatly connected to the powers that you showed to me in Amsterdam and it is because of these that it could come about. Let us not waste time therefore. Write to Congress so that it issues you new powers, beyond those that you already have and proper to produce the quadruple alliance.
I will explain myself in greater detail in two or three days.
I am, sir, with much respect, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
Enclosed are the letters for Mr. Laurens. I do not believe that he will have his liberty soon. Besides, his plenipotentiary powers are at the bottom of the sea, and they only address this republic.
I write in much haste.
RC (Adams Papers). Filmed under the date [ca. 10 Feb. 1780], Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 354.
1. Dumas acknowledges JA's letter of 6 Feb., which he probably would have received on 7 or 8 February. Moreover, Dumas indicated in his letter of 3 Feb. that he intended to send the letters for Henry Laurens, mentioned in the postscript, by way of Alexander Gillon, but in his letter of 7 Feb., above, Dumas indicated his surprise that Gillon had not passed through on his way to Amsterdam.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0081

Author: Jenings, Edmund
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-07

From Edmund Jenings

[salute] Sir

I have this day the Honor of receiving your Excellency Letter of the 5th. Instant: It mentions no particulars, but says in general all things are well in the North, and shews that your Excellency is well-satisfied, I am rejoiced at it.
I inclose to your Excellency a Copy of the Translation &c. I Hope the Print thereof will meet with your Excellencys Approbation. I have three more of them, which I will send by the first Opportunity. I have taken the Liberty to send one to Mr. Dana and another to Col. Searle.
Sir J York left this place last Monday as I have had the Honor of informing your Excellency.
A Plot of Ground is laid out for a considerable Magazine near Louvain a town about half a days Journey from Hence.
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I wait in great expectation to see The dutch Manifesto.
I am reading about Congresses and Treaties of Peace. I wish your Excellency was employd and busy in them.
I am with the greatest Respect Sir Your Excellencys Most Faithful & Obedient Humble Servt.
[signed] Edm: Jenings
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