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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.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0229

Author: Greig, Henry
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-12

From Henry Greig

[salute] Sir

By a vessel to my address from Philadelphia in 40 days I received with my own Letters, the Packet I have now the pleasure herewith to transmit you. There were also under my care, four Volumes of Congress Journals for 1778, for the Honble. Dr. Franklin, Mr. Jay, Mr. Dana and yourself, together with those for November and decemr. last Year. I shall be glad to know in what manner you would chuse them forwarded, and when I do, it shall immediately be complied with.1
Capt. Magee left the Delaware in the afternoon of the 25 March, and three days before that, there had been an Engagement 'twixt the French and Engl. Squadrons off Cape Charles; but the issue was not known.2 Before He left Town, the Marquis La fayette, with 1500 Men light Infantry with some Pieces of Artillery from the Grand Army, passed Philadelphia in their way to Virginia, where the Enemy was coop'd up in Portsmouth and Cornwallis retreating in the Carolinas before Generals Green and Morgan, as fast as he advanc'd.
Can I at any time render you or Friends any Services in these parts please to Command me.
I have transacted all that business in the mercantile Line that has reached Sweden from America, Since the Commencement of the War, and am known to many of this class of Gentlemen in various { 315 } parts of the Continent—Particularly, to Rt. Morris, John Ross, T. Willing, John Wilincks Esqrs. at Philadelphia and the principal Houses at Boston. This Vessel will sail for the latter place toward the middle of next month Should You have any dispatches to forward.3
I am with due respect Sir Your most obedient and humble Servant
[signed] Henry Greig
The postage of the Packet is f3 which may be paid to messrs: John de Neufville & Sons.
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “H. Greig. 12. May 1781. Gottenbourg”; notation by John Thaxter: “Letter from Mr. Lovell, inclosing two or three curious Letters.”
1. Grieg also forwarded letters to Franklin and Jay. See JA to Franklin, 23 May, below.
2. For the battle between Arbuthnot and Destouches off the Virginia capes on 18 March, see James Lovell's letter of 31 March, and note 2, above.
3. There are no further letters between JA and Greig in the Adams Papers. JQA visited Göteborg in Jan. 1783 and dined with Greig (JQA, Diary, 1:168).
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.