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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0246-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-24

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

Les Etats d'Hollde. ne pourront former une Résolution, que dans 15 jours ou 3 semaines; car ce ne sera qu'alors que sera l'Assemblée prochaine demandée à la fin de la proposition dont voici la Traduction. En attendant cette Proposition a déjà fait une grande impression, et beaucoup de peine aux Anglomanes.
J'espere, Monsieur, que vous pourrez acquiescer à ma demande d'hier; et par-là vous me tirerez à tous égards d'une peine qui m'ôte le repos, et la facilité d'agir courageusement. Il me semble aussi qu'une centaine de £. St. de plus ou de moins en argent comptant dans la dépense de l'Amérique, ne peut pas déranger sensiblement les Finances des E.U. en Europe, puisque d'ailleurs c'étoit l'intention des E.U. que je jouisse de toute la somme des 500 £. st. dont j'offre de prendre 2000 florins en obligations. Si avec cela vous avez la bonté de vous mettre entierement à la place, vis-à-vis de moi, de ce que Mr. Lawrens avoit le pouvoir de faire pour moi, en me conférant par un Acte provisionnel, en attendant que le Congrès le confirme par un Acte formel, le poste de Sécrétaire de cette Légation avec l'appoin• { 335 } tement de £ 500 £ st., vous me mettrez entierement l'esprit, et celui de ma famille en repos; je vous en aurai une obligation constante que je n'oublierai certainement jamais, et mon Zele et mon attachement pour votre personne, aussi bien que pour le service des Etats-Unis vous le prouvera constamment.
Je suis avec le respect le plus sincere, Monsieur, Votre très-humble & très obeissant serviteur
[signed] Dumas

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0246-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-24

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

[salute] Sir

The States of Holland will not be able to form a resolution for another fifteen days or three weeks. This is because the next assembly finally demanded a translation of the proposal. Meantime this proposal has made a great impression and has caused the Anglomanes a lot of pain.
I hope, sir, that you will be able to acquiesce to yesterday's proposal, and by doing so you will alleviate the pain which keeps me from any rest and from acting courageously. It seems me to that £100 sterling, more or less, cannot matter much in the finances of the United States in Europe, and besides that, it was the intention of the United States that I receive a salary of £500 sterling, 2000 florins of which I offered to take as a loan. If you could act on my behalf, as Mr. Laurens would have done for me, in naming me secretary of the legation, with a salary of £500 sterling, by a provisional act until Congress formally confirms my post, this would be a great relief to me and my family. I would have a steadfast obligation to you that I would never forget, and my zeal and affection for you, as well as for the service of the United States, would continue to prove this true.
I am with the most sincere respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0247

Author: Mazzei, Philip
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-05-24

From Philip Mazzei

[salute] Dear Sir

Mr. Dana's journey to Russia (the first notice of which I have it in Mr. Favi's Letter of the 6. instant) will probably have retarded my answer to your Excellency's favour of the 18 of January. I hope Mr. Favi has forward it to you through a safe channel.1 I send this, through the french Minister at this Court, to a gentleman in the bureau of Mr. de Vergennes, who is desired to convey it safe to you without delay. I long to hear from you, my dear Sir; I am in the greatest uneasiness for our Virginian friends; I hear nothing from { 336 } them; I am almost distracted. You will probably blame me for want of spirit. Pray, excuse my feelings, or my weakness if you will term it so; but you may be assured, Sir, that I should be quite another man if I was with them. I wish I could fly. My anxiety for my dear adopted Country grows greater in proportion to my distance from it, and the improbability of getting there during the storm. Our last news here are very alarming. Do, Sir, relieve me if you can from the present state of uneasiness as soon as possible, and believe that I shall ever be thankfull to your kindness. Don't deprive me of the honour of your commands, the executing of which will at any time make me happy, and permit me to subscribe myself most respectfully, Dr. Sr., Your Excellency's most Obedt. & most humble Servant
[signed] Philip Mazzei
1. Mazzei's letter of 28 March, above, was forwarded by Laurent Bérenger to Dumas to JA (from Dumas, 13 May, above).
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.