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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0235-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-18

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

[salute] Sir

Since my last letter of the 13th, with the enclosure from France directed { 321 } to you, I have been somewhat troubled because I did not know that Messrs. De Neufville received the packet that contained the enclosure.
The memorial is sufficiently known throughout the republic and Europe at this time. This is due to the dispatches from the publishers as much as it is to the vying newspapers that have repeated its publication. The Courier du Bas Rhin has doubled its pages so as not to divide up this interesting piece, or so it says. The added remarks stating that the president has accepted the memorial and has also sponsored it, are replies from the editor, and have nothing to do with me, who simply recommended that nothing be changed.
Moreover, the piece has gained general approval, even with those who do not find it pleasing. The man that I sent out to report back on the public's response has not heard a critical word but rather several words of praise. As for the possible repercussions, everyone is waiting in silence.
This morning, Messrs. of Amsterdam made a strong and serious remonstrance at the Assembly of Holland, which was perfectly unexpected and unforeseen, and has dismayed some and pleased others. I will have a copy of it tomorrow or the next day and will inform you of its contents.1
Meantime, I must finish this letter so I do not miss the post. I am with great respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
1. For Amsterdam's remonstrance, see JA's letter of 24 May to the president of Congress, calendared below.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0236

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Capellen tot den Pol, Joan Derk, Baron van der
Date: 1781-05-19

To Joan Derk van der Capellen tot den Pol

[salute] Sir

I have the honour of your Letter of the twenty ninth of April, and will look up the Papers You mention as soon as possible, but I have been removing so often, that at this moment I know not where to lay my hand on them.
I am very sorry to learn that You are to be excluded longer from the Regency, where the Abilities and good Principles of the Baron Van der Capellan could not fail to be eminently useful to the Cause of his Country and of all good Men: and I hope that the Obstacles will be removed sooner than You imagine.
The political World furnishes much Vexation and little Satisfaction to a Man of Probity and Delicacy, and nothing but a strong Sense of Duty, and an ardent Philanthropy can ever prevail with such a Character, to endure the Mortification he meets at every Step of his progress, in stemming the Torrents of Corruption, which roll every where. But to such a Man, the Reflection that some Evils have been { 322 } warded off, and some Advantages obtained, will be a Consolation under many disappointments and humiliations. I should be happy in the Continuance of your Friendship, being with much Esteem and Respect, Sir, your most obedient Servant.
[signed] John Adams
RC in John Thaxter's hand (Algemeen Rijksarchief, Papers of van der Capellen, No. 29A, p. 245).
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.