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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0261

Author: Warren, James
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-04

From James Warren

[salute] My dear Sir

It is some Time since I wrote to you, and much longer since I have been honoured with a Line from you.1 I have but Just got to Town. Mr. George Storer who goes by the way of Denmark is on the point of sailing and I can only Inclose two papers received from Mr. Lovel, and the Boston Papers of the day.2 I shall write you soon and if you have not forgot that there is such a Man in the world perhaps you will again write to your Sincere Friend & Humbl. Servt. J Warren3
With all my diligence I could not get the above on Board the Ship. Another Opportunity now presents. The Navy Board send you the Boston Papers, and though wish to write you a long Letter it is out of my power. I have seen a Copy of a Letter from Dr. F. to C. which I am told has been forwarded to you.4 I hope you have received it. Will This Letter meet you in Paris, Holland or Vienna?
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1. Warren's last letter to JA was of 19 Dec. 1780; JA's last letter to Warren was of 9 Dec. 1780 (vol. 10:424–425, 404–406).
2. It was Charles Storer, not his younger brother George, who was sailing for Europe. A 1779 graduate of Harvard, Storer was a distant relation of AA and ultimately replaced John Thaxter as JA's secretary. He did not arrive in the Netherlands until Aug. 1782. For more detailed accounts of Storer and his relations with the Adamses, see Adams Family Correspondence, 4:124; JQA, Diary, 1:388. The material received from James Lovell and the Boston newspapers have not been identified.
3. JA did not write again until 17 June 1782 (MB). Warren's next letter is dated 22 July 1782 (Adams Papers).
4. Presumably Franklin's letter of 9 Aug. 1780 to the president of Congress, an extract from which Lovell enclosed with his letter of [ca. 15 March] to JA, above.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0262

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Date: 1781-06-05

To the President of Congress

Amsterdam, 5 June 1781. RC in John Thaxter's hand PCC, No. 84, III, f. 193–195. printed : Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev., 4:468–469.
John Adams included an English translation of a statement made to the States of Zeeland by the deputies from the city of Middelburg on 14 May. The deputies, in consenting to provide higher bounties to those agreeing to serve in the Dutch navy, declared that the reasons for the unprepared and defenseless condition of the Republic should be disclosed to the States of Zeeland so that it could act with the other provinces in the States General to correct the situation and thereby provide for the adequate defense of the nation's territory, commerce, and possessions. Adams also reported that Zeeland had called on the States General to establish batteries on the coast of Flanders and that the States General had resolved to borrow twelve million florins to finance the war, an increase of four million over the sum previously voted. Finally, Adams noted that William V had traveled to Brielle, Hellevoetsluis, Goeree, and Willemstad to review troops and warships. Adams wrote in closing, “I send to Congress an account of these faint, feeble Symptoms of Life, because there is no appearance of any more vigorous. I am told that this Vis Inertia is profound Policy. If it is Policy at all, it is so profound as to be perfectly incomprehensible. However, their Property and Dominion, their Honour and Dignity, their Sovereignty and Independence are their own, and if they chuse to throw them all away, for ought I know, they have a right to do it. There is one Comfort, if other Nations have nothing to hope, they have nothing to fear from such Policy.”
RC in John Thaxter's hand (PCC, No. 84, III, f. 193–195). printed: (Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev., 4:468–469.)

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0263-0001

Author: Bérenger, Laurent
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-05

From Laurent Bérenger

[salute] Monsieur

Je viens de recevoir une Lettre de Mr. le Comte de Vergennes par laquelle il m'ordonne d'avoir l'honneur de vous dire, que les intérêts des Etats unis exigent votre presence à Paris, et qu'il desireroit que vous voulassiez bien vous y rendre, aussitôt que vos affaires en Hollande vous le permettront; Je vous Supplie, Monsieur, de me faire part de vos intentions à cet egard, afin que je puisse en informer, M. { 354 } le Comte de Vergennes.1 J'ose me flater que vous me donnerez cette marque de bonté, et que vous Serez bien persuadé du plaisir que j'ai à Saisir cette occasion de vous offrir l'hommage du devouement et du respect avec lesquels j'ai L'honneur d'être Monsieur Votre très humble et très obéissant Serviteur
[signed] Berenger
Secretaire du L'ambassade de france
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/