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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0133-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-03-10

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

[salute] Sir

This morning I delivered your various packets, as you ordered, beginning with the president of their High Mightinesses.2 He asked some questions such as “where did this come from?” “What are its contents?” etc. I named you, as well as your current location, and your capacity as minister plenipotentiary of the United States in Europe. I told him the substance of what { 192 } the packet contained and left him a card with my name and residence. As for the three northern ministers, it was their mail day so I could only gain entry to see the Danish minister. He asked me to assure you, sir, that he will forward your letter to his court. I left the packets with a card for the two other ministers. The Duc de La Vauguyon told me he would respond to you. This evening I will send our friend his packet.3 I have the honor to be with sincere respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
1. JA wrote a brief note to Dumas on 10 March (LbC, Adams Papers), enclosing copies of Congress' resolution of 5 October.
2. The president of the States General the week of 3–10 March 1781, was apparently a Mr. van Wadenoyen (Schulte Nordholt, Dutch Republic and Amer. Independence, p. 160), although a letter of 14 March from Jean de Neufville & Fils names a Mr. Lohman as the president, below. On 28 April the London Courant reported that JA “had caused a memorial to be presented to their High Mightinesses by the Sieur Dumas, offering a negociation of a particular nature; but is said that no answer will be given, as the independency of the said States has not yet been acknowledged by the Republic.” For a similar report, see the London Chronicle of 26–28 April.
3. For the letter of 8 March to Engelbert François van Berckel (LbC, Adams Papers), see JA's letter to La Vauguyon of that date, and note 1, above.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0134-0001

Author: Woedteke, Charles Guillaume de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-03-10

From Charles Guillaume de Woedteke

[salute] Monsieur

Votre Excellence pardonnerés l'hardiesse de Vous incommoder de mon Ecriture.
Un certain Colonel Americain, qui a servi au Roi de Prusse comme Volontaire dans la derniere Guerre contre les Autrichiens a assuré a mon Frere le Major Prussien de Woedteke, que notre frere Frederic Guillaume de Woedteke ci-devant Capitain et Brigade Major au Services prussiennes étant mouru comme Colonel Americain a Philadelphia, où celui l'a vu ensevelier.1 Des certaines Occasions demandent de sçavoir sa Mort avec Cèrtitude, c'est pourquoi vont mes Prieres très-humbles a Votre Excellence de me procurer un Attest de sa Mort au plus vite. Peut-etre que notre Frere a servi au les Hautes Etats Americains sur un autre nom, c'est pourquoi seroit-il necessaire, de regarder cela, car on peut soupçonner, que son vrai nom Frederic Guillaume de Woedteke sera fondé dans ses Ecritures, et peut-etre on apprendra de ce Colonel Americain les Circonstances de sa Mort. Aussi on peut ajouter, que notre Frere a été au services Francoises Capitain et Inspecteur de la Cavalerie, et que sa Garnison a été a Paris.
Je prie Votre Excellence très-humblement, d'avoir la Grace de me { 193 } Procurer cet Attest, car les necessités de Famille le pretendent au plus vite, et puis que je ne connois Personne pour m'adresser qu'a Votre Excellence. Je resterai pour cette Grace toute ma vie avec le Respect le plus profond Votre Excellence très humble et très obeissant Serviteur
[signed] de Woedteke
Lieutenant au Services Prussiennes
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, 2018.