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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0142-0001

Author: La Vauguyon, Paul François de Quélen de Stuer de Causade, Duc de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-03-14

From the Duc de La Vauguyon

J'ay recu Monsieur la lettre que vous m'avez fait l'honneur de m'ecrire2 aussi que la Copie de la Resolution du Congres des etats { 200 } unis de l'amerique septentrionale qui y etoit jointe; vous m'annoncez que vous en avez donné une communication ministerielle au President de l'assemblée des etats generaux aussi qu'aux envoyés des cours de Petersbourg Stokholm et Coppenhagen et vous me priez d'appuyer cette demarche de mes Bons offices; Je Suis persuadé Monsieur que vous sentez parfaitement l'impossibilité ou je suis de la Seconder Sans un ordre exprès du Roy, quelque soit mon Zele personnel pour les vrays interests de l'amerique Septentrionale. Recevez Monsieur l'assurance tres sincere des sentiments de la consideration la plus Distinguer avec lesquels j'ay lhonneur d'etre votre tres humble et tres obeissant Serviteur
[signed] Le Duc De la vauguyon

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0142-0002

Author: La Vauguyon, Paul François de Quélen de Stuer de Causade, Duc de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-03-14

The Duc de La Vauguyon to John Adams: A Translation

I have received, sir, the letter which you did me the honor to write to me,2 and the enclosed copy of the resolution of the Congress of the United States of North America. You inform me that you have made an official communication thereof to the president of the assembly of the States General, and to the envoys of the courts of St. Petersburg, Stockholm, and Copenhagen, and request me to support this step with my good offices. I am persuaded, sir, that you clearly perceive the impossibility of my seconding this measure without the express order of the king, whatever may be my personal zeal for the true interests of North America. Receive, sir, the very sincere assurance of the sentiments of the most distinguished consideration with which I have the honor to be your very humble and very obedient servant,
[signed] Le Duc De la vauguyon
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Le Duc de la Vauguyons Letter. 15. March. 1781.”
1. Dumas sent this letter to JA under a brief covering note of 16 March (Adams Papers). Immediately preceding the translation of this letter in the Boston Patriot, JA wrote “Knowing perfectly well the game of the count de Vergennes and his ambassador, it was precisely what I expected” (JA, Corr. in the Boston Patriot, p. 402).
2. Of 8 March, above.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0143

Author: Neufville, Jean de, & Fils (business)
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-03-14

From Jean de Neufville & Fils

[salute] Most Honourable Sir

May we begg leave to offer to Yoúr Excellency annexed to this present fifty bonds or obligations with the thereto belonging Coupons to which nothing is wanted butt to be signd by Yoúr Excellency; they are numberd from Númber 21 to 30, and from Number 131 to 170.
It will make ús easy if we may be acquainted they are in Yoúr Excellencys possession, and if we may know there are more wanted { 201 } we shall forward them directly. We as yett want bútt a very few, which we should be glad to receive the sooner the better, and the whole of what we did oúrselfs the honoúr to convey to Yoúr Excellency with the Compleat coupons to two hundred as soon as convenient for we may have every day some demand for them though as we múst judge from Circúmstances Amsterdam wont be at present the greatest markett.
We had the honoúr to answer Yoúr Excellencys last favoúr1 she gave me sufficiently to think, bútt was not clear enough to interprete a Letter written from the Hagúe and mentioning that Yoúr Excellency had been there and presented no memoriall, reflecting on what had passed I did not interprete this as it ware, that the memoriall had not been comunicated to the States; and from the dependence I made on the Confidence Yoúr Excellency honourd me with I should not more have troubled my head about it; if not another intelligence had come to me through the Same Channell today; that the Memoriall had been presented by Mr. Dúmas to Mr. Lohman president of the States for this week, and so certainly comunicated to the Prince of Orange, bútt not so certain wether to the States; the Contents we were also acquainted with and are sorry only that she rúnns the risq not to be Comunicated to their H. M. which intirely depends from the President, we wishd we were misinformed in this Circúmstance, bútt we know something of the measúres taken in this Country; for which reason we are in hopes, as we heard only in generall that the Memoriall had been Comunicated to the Ministers (the Letter was not Circúmstanciall on this matter,) that it was to the Coúrt of France and Rússia, and that those Coúrts will be directly Acquainted therewith. What becomes of oúr selfs we do not Care, oúr cheif anxiety is for the Republicq and the other trúe friends for America in her; this is oúr only reason for extending on this matter.2 I will have some information next week from other Provinces; and as for the present I begg only leave to add that neither any person belonging to the Regency of this City nor my Son had given me any intelligence of what passed at the Hagúe where I have always found the Report of the President to be of great influence; bútt this I doúbt not Yoúr Excellency múst be acquainted with.
We join to this again a pack of letters received for Yoúr Excellency,3 begging leave to assúre her that we have the honoúr to be with the most Respectfúll Regard Honourable Sir Yoúr Excellencys most devoted and most obed. huml. serts.
[signed] John de Neufville & Son
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1. Probably that of 11 March, above.
2. This account of the presentation of JA's memorial to the States General of 8 March, above, and of his letters to the French and Russian diplomats is somewhat confusing but conforms generally to Dumas' account in his letter of 10 March, above. The letter indicates that JA informed the Neufvilles of Congress' letter of 1 Jan., above, and the representations he planned to make as a consequence, but the source of their information on what transpired is unknown. Dumas is one possibility, for he sent them information on events at The Hague and in a letter of 7 March mentioned a visit from JA (PCC, Misc. Papers, Reel No.4, f. 323).
3. Not identified.
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