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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0105-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-19

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

[salute] Sir

The latest English newspapers have copied a long article from the New York Gazette on the subject of an alleged mutiny of 2,000 men in General Washington's army. However discredited, for good reason, this impure source { 155 } may be, the news is cause for concern here for the good party and gives some hope to the Anglomanes. Please sir, answer me as soon as you know or are persuaded of the facts, and, supposing some of it is true, tell me what the consequences will be so that I may calm the weak and diminish the joy of the ill-intentioned.1
The provincial states of Holland will reassemble next Wednesday. One must hope that the scene here comes alive at least a bit. The time approaches when we ought to have news from St. Petersburg.
I am with great respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
1. The account of the mutiny of the Pennsylvania Line that appeared in various London newspapers, including the London Chronicle of 8–10 Feb., came from New York's Royal Gazette of 6 January. The article referred to Washington as a lieutenant general of France and left little doubt that his army was disintegrating. For a fuller view of this event, see James Lovell's letter of 2 Jan., and note 6, above.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0106

Author: Bondfield, John
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-20

From John Bondfield

By this days post we are advised of the sailing from Cadiz of the Spanish Fleet consisting of thirty Sail of the line to cruize off Cape St. Vincent prepered to intercept the English Fleet destind for Gibralter. Their wild Goose chase against that fortress employs Men ships and money that might be put to much more useful purpose. Two Dutch Couriers from Madrid and one for Versailes past thro this City yesterday. Their <mission is> dispatches are of course unknown to themselves of course only conjecture at their contents otherways nothing new. We have a Vessel that will leave this in a few Days for Virginia. We have had no arrivals later than them and the french frigate of 28 December. Our private Letters from Philada. are of the 20th.
Great Speculations are on foot in West India Goods. Tobacco has also taken a rise. By this we may depend the Ideas of the French are not for a Speedy Peace. With respect I am Sir Your very hhb. Servant
[signed] John Bondfield

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0107-0001

Author: Bicker, Hendrik
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-02-21

From Hendrik Bicker

[salute] Monsieur

Pour que je ne fusse trop preoccupé de mon sisteme, j'ai profitté de votre permission de consulter autrui, quoique seulement une seule { 156 } personne, mais qui en valloit bien dix en fait de connoissances Sur votre Commission du Congres des 13 Etats,1 mais malgré que Messieurs Franklin, Deane, Lee n'ont eu d'autres Titres que vous Monsieur, nous n'y pouvons trouver d'autre autorité ni d autres aggrements que de Lever de L'Argent et cela par toute L'Europe et principalement parmi des Particuliers, car il est un peu recherché de voulloir expliquer et etandre Les Parolles “with any Person or Persons Bodies politic and Corporate” qu'il seroit par le sousentandu de pouvoir Traitter avec des Souverains ou avec des Membres D'iceux.
Pardonnés ma franchise Monsieur et croies moi avec une parfaite consideration, Votre tres humble Serviteur
[signed] Bicker
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