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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0227

Author: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-11

From Benjamin Franklin

[salute] Sir

I am honoured with your Excellency's Letter of the 27th. past, acquainting me with your Appointment as Minister Plenipotentiary to the States General, on which please to accept my Compliments and best Wishes for Success in your Negociations.
We have just received Advice here, that M. la Motte Picquet, met with the English Convoy of Dutch Ships taken at St. Eustatia, and has retaken 21. of them. The Men of War that were with them escaped; after making the Signal for every one to shift for himself.1
A Vessel is arriv'd at L'Orient from Philadelphia which brings Letters for the Court down to the 25 of March; Mine are not yet come up. M. de Renneval, from whom I had all the above Intelligence, tells me they contain no News of Importance.
I have the honour to be, Sir, Your most obedient & most humble Servant
[signed] B Franklin
{ 313 }
1. The convoy from St. Eustatius consisted of 34 merchant ships protected by 2 ships of the line and 3 frigates under the command of Como. William Hotham. La Motte-Picquet's force of 6 ships of the line intercepted the convoy on 2 May and took, depending on the source, 21 or 22 of the merchant vessels. News of the disaster reached London on 15 May and caused an immediate fall in the stock market (London Chronicle, 12–15, 17–19 May; James, British Navy in Adversity, p. 305–306; Mackesy, War for America, p. 392–393).

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0228-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-12

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

Vous aurez reçu par Mrs. De Neufville un paquet contenant 25 Exemplaires du Meme. dans les trois Langues. Aujourd'hui je vous envoie un autre paquet sous couvert de Mr. Van Arp,1 contenant une 15ne. de chacun. J'en ai encore 60 que j'ai mis à part pour vous, et que je vous enverrai quand je saurai si vous les voulez avoir tous à Amsterdam, ou si vous aimez mieux les trouver ici ou à Leide. Moimême j'en ai distribué, et envoyé çà et là 140 ou 150; le reste, c'est le Libraire qui en a fait des Envois dans les principales villes. Nous verrons à présent la sensation que cela fera. Pour éviter toute affectation, je me suis tenu chez moi aujourd'hui, et je ne parlerai pas le premier du Mémoire, quand je verrai compagnie. Le Libraire m'a montré une Lettre où on lui apprend que le Hollandois, et peut-être aussi le François, ont été réimprimé à Amsterdam.
Il est arrivé des Lettres de Petersbourg, très-favorables pour la rep., et très-défavorables aux Anglois et aux Anglomanes; et c'est justement pour cela, m'a-t-on dit, qu'on ne veut pas que le public en sache le contenu.
Je serois bien aise de savoir quand vous quitterez Amsterdam, Monsieur, pour revenir faire un voyage à Leide ou à Lahaie; non qu'il y ait quelque chose à présent qui demande votre présence, mais parce que je me propose de faire aussi un petit tour à Amsterdam, dans quelque temps d'ici; et je ne voudrois pas y aller quand vous n'y seriez pas.
Je suis avec un grand respect, Monsieur Votre três-humble & très obéissant serviteur
[signed] Dumas

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0228-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-12

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

[salute] Sir

You should have received a package from Messrs. de Neufville containing 25 copies of the memorial in three languages. Today I am sending another package under the name of Mr. van Arp1 containing 15 copies of each. I have 60 more that I am keeping for you and will send them to you when I know { 314 } you want them in Amsterdam, or if you prefer, here or in Leyden. I myself have distributed and sent out about 140 or 150. As for the remainder of the copies, the publisher sent them to the main cities. Soon we shall know the sensation it causes. To avoid any affectation, I am staying at home today and when in company, I will not be the first to mention the memorial. The publisher showed me a letter stating that it will be reprinted in Amsterdam in both Dutch and French.
Some letters arrived from St. Petersburg that are very favorable for the republic and very unfavorable for the English and Anglomanes. It is precisely for these reasons that it would be better if the contents of the letters were not made public.
I would be pleased to know, sir, when you are leaving Amsterdam for a trip to Leyden or to The Hague. Not that there is anything that demands your presence here for the moment, but rather because I am planning a trip to Amsterdam soon and I would regret missing you there.
I am with great respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
1. Probably either Jan or Matheus van Arp, Amsterdam merchants.
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, 2014.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/