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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0213

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Jenings, Edmund
Date: 1781-04-29

To Edmund Jenings

[salute] Dear Sir

The Bearer of this Mr. Winslow Warren, is the Son of my Friend Major General Warren of the Massachusetts. He is, on all Sides of Families the most ancient and honourable and meritorious of that Part of America. And the Young Gentn. himself is amiable and has Merit.1
I should be vastly obliged to you, if you would shew him Brussels.
Pray shall We have the Pleasure to see you here in a few days?2 You know it would be a very great one both on publick and private Considerations to your Fnd & Sert
[signed] John Adams
1. In a letter to Mercy Otis Warren dated 28 April—but, if JA's dating is correct, probably done on the 29th—Warren wrote, “I took leave of Mr. Adams this morning as he was just seting out for Leyden with his Coach and four, many servants, gay livery—his equipage I think much too Dutchifyed.” He also noted that when he had visited The Hague, “Mr. Adams introduced me to a Mr. Dumas a disagreable dirty old fellow—they say he is sensible: very serious, too much so” (MHi: Mercy Otis Warren Papers). JA also wrote William Temple Franklin on 29 April to introduce Warren (PPAmP: Franklin Papers).
2. In a letter of 26 April, Francis Dana invited Jenings to accompany him on his mission to St. Petersburg. Replying on 3 May, Jenings accepted Dana's offer and agreed to join him at Amsterdam by the middle of the following week. Ultimately Jenings declined Dana's proposal and JQA took his place. Dana, JQA, and a servant began their journey on 7 { 297 } July. Writing to the president of Congress from Berlin on 28 July, Dana indicated that Jenings' indecision delayed his departure from Amsterdam by a month (PCC, Misc. Papers, Reel No. 2, f. 157–159; JQA, Diary, 1:89; Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev., 4:610–613).

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0214-0001

Author: Capellen tot den Pol, Joan Derk, Baron van der
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-04-29

From Joan Derk van der Capellen tot den Pol

[salute] Monsieur

L'orsque j'eus l'honneur de Vous voir dernierement a Amsterdam j'ai pris la liberté de Vous preter une Lettre et quelques papiers que Son Excell: le Gouverneur Trumbull m'avoit envoiés, et que Vous Souhaitiez de lire. Comme je Serois charmé de les avoir de retour Vous me fairiez plaisir de les remettre (quand Vous n'en aurez plus besoin) a Monsr. Tegelaar, de qui Vous apprendrez que mon role est fini, et que mon affaire restera apparemment indecise et moi exclu de la Regence pour toujours. Je Serois obligé de passer les bornes d'une lettre pour Vous donner un recit tant Soit peu circonstancié des duretés, que l'on m'a faites depuis 3 ans. L'occasion S'en presentera dans peu. En attendant je me console aisement d'etre exclu d'une Regence dans laquelle je ne Saurois plus etre utile aux Interets des deux Peuples et ou je n'ai jamais cherché aucune fortune, et c'est avec bien de Contentement, que je quitte le Monde politique ou j'ai eprouvé tant d'amertumes.
J'ai l'honneur de Solliciter la Continuation de Votre Amitié tandis que je ne cesse d'etre avec un parfaite estime de Votre Excellence le tres humble et tres obeissant Serviteur
[signed] J D Van der Capellen

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0214-0002

Author: Capellen tot den Pol, Joan Derk, Baron van der
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-04-29

Joan Derk van der Capellen tot den Pol to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

When I had the honor to see you last in Amsterdam, I took the liberty of lending you a letter and some papers that you wished to read that were sent to me by his Excellency Governor Trumbull. Since I would very much like to have them back, it would give me pleasure if you could return them (when you are finished with them) to Mr. Tegelaar, with whom I no longer have a role. Also my business will remain undecided and I will be excluded from the Regency forever. It would take much more than the limitations a letter will permit to give you a detailed account of the difficulties that I have endured for the past three years. The occasion will present itself soon. Meantime, I readily console myself from being excluded from a Regency for which I could no longer be useful to the interests of two peoples and from which I never sought any fortune. It is with much contentment that I leave the political world where I experienced so much bitterness.
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I have the honor to ask for the continuation of your friendship while I never cease to be, with a perfect esteem for your Excellency, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] J D Van der Capellen
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.