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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

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0134-0002

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

Charles Guillaume de Woedteke to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

Your Excellency will please excuse the boldness of this inconvenience in my writing to you.
A certain American colonel, who served as a volunteer for the Prussian king in the last war against the Austrians, has assured my brother, Prussian major de Woedteke, that our brother Frederic Guillaume de Woedteke, formerly captain and brigade major in the Prussian Army has died with the rank of American colonel at Philadelphia where he was buried.1 Certain circumstances demand that his death be confirmed, so it is with my humble prayers to you, your excellency, that proof of his death be obtained as soon as possible. Perhaps our brother served the noble United States under a different name, making it necessary to look up his real name, Frederic Guillaume de Woedteke, in the conscription books and then possibly we can find out about the circumstances of his death from this American colonel. I will also add that our brother was in the service of the French as captain and cavalry inspector and that his garrison was in Paris.
I ask your excellency most humbly to please procure for me this proof as quickly as possible for his family. I do not know who else to turn to except your Excellency. I will remain, for this favor, with the most profound respect for the rest of my life, your excellency, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] de Woedteke
Lieutenant au Services Prussiennes
RC (Adams Papers) endorsed: “L. De Wodleke's Letter. 10. March 1781.”
1. Frederic Guillaume de Woedteke (or Woedtke), whom JA had nominated to be a brigadier general in the Continental Army on 16 March 1776, died at Lake George on 28 July 1776 (vol. 4:39; The Papers of George Washington: Revolutionary War Series, 1775–1783, ed. Philander D. Chase and others, 12 vols. to date, Charlottesville, 1985–, 3:357). No reply by JA to either this letter or another of 28 March (Adams Papers), again requesting a death certificate, has been found. Woedteke's brother also wrote to Benjamin Franklin on 10 March, for which see Franklin, Papers, 34:62– 63, 546–547.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0135

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Létombe, Philippe André Joseph de
Date: 1781-03-11

To Philippe André Joseph de Létombe

[salute] Sir

I recieved your favours of Feby. 4th. and 28th. but today. I am much { 194 } obliged to You for giving me the Opportunity to send the inclosed Letters to You.1
I am much afraid my Letters will not reach Paris before your Departure. You will be able to tell my Countrymen more than I know of publick Affairs.
I beg You to warn them against all Expectations of Peace. The Appearances of it are all deceitfully thrown out by the English, who are, under Pretence of it, endeavouring to embroil all Europe.
I have the Honour to be, with the sincerest Wishes for your good Voyage, and with the greatest Esteem & Respect, Sir, your humble Servt.
LbC in John Thaxter's hand (Adams Papers).
1. These included JA's brief letters to AA and Isaac Smith Sr. of 11 March (Adams Family Correspondence, 4:89–91), and those of the same date to Samuel Adams (NN: George Bancroft Coll.) and Samuel Cooper (LbC, Adams Papers). All served as letters of introduction for Létombe and contained brief comments on the political situation in Europe and the Netherlands.
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.