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Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0277

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Gerry, Elbridge
Date: 1781-06-16

To Elbridge Gerry

[salute] Dear sir

Mr. Le Roy the Bearer of this, is a young American educated in Amsterdam where he has good Connections. He wants mercantile Connections in America.1
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I wish he could give you hopes of any usefull Connections between our Country and this. If he can, it is more than I am able to do.
The armed Neutrality turns out little better than a Bubble. But as We have little to hope from it, We have nothing to fear. France has settled every Thing this Year, better than ever, and much to the satisfaction of America as I hope and believe. But you must not entertain the most distant Idea of Peace while there is one British soldier alive and at Liberty in America. I am my dear sir your Frd.
[signed] J. Adams
RC (NNPM: Gilder Lehrman Coll., on deposit).
1. On 16 June JA wrote at least four more letters of introduction for Herman Le Roy. The other letters were to AA (Adams Family Correspondence, 4:148), Richard Cranch (RC offered for sale, 1951), Benjamin Rush (Old Family Letters: Copied from the Originals for Alexander Biddle, Series A, Phila., 1892, p. 20– 21), and William Tudor (MHi: Tudor Papers). For a sketch of Le Roy, who had translated Dutch documents for JA, see the letter to AA.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0278-0001

Author: Dubbeldemuts, F. & A. (business)
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-17

From F. & A. Dubbeldemuts

[salute] Monseigneùr

Noùs sommes interressés dans ùn navire et Cargaison dont cÿ inclùs l'information,2 la qùelle noùs prennons la liberté de Voùs envoÿer avec prieres de la voùloir examiner et noùs notter en même tems vos conseils, s'il ÿ aùra qùelqùe possibilité poùr obtenir le domage; noùs voùs prions d'excùser les peinès.
Divers de nos amis sont interrés dans les navires et Cargaisons, amenés à Brest3 et il ÿ en a aùssÿ, qùi doivent recevoir des marchandises poùr Compte Americain, aùserions noùs prendre la liberté de voùs envoÿer ùn de nos particùliers amis, poùr avoir l'honneùr de voùs entretenir; ne prennez pas de maùvaise part la liberté, disposez en toùtes occasions de ceùx, qùi ont l'honneùr d'etre avec toùte l'estime possible Monseigneùr, V t H & t. O. Serviteùrs
[signed] F & A Dubbeldemuts

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0278-0002

Author: Dubbeldemuts, F. & A. (business)
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-17

F. & A. Dubbeldemuts to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

We are interested in a ship and its cargo of which we have enclosed information.2 We are taking the liberty to ask that you examine this information and advise us as to the possibility of obtaining damages. We beg you to excuse us for causing this inconvenience.
Several of our friends are interested in the ships and cargo brought into Brest.3 We dared to take the liberty of sending to you one of these friends, who is supposed to receive goods for the American account, in order that { 379 } he have the honor to speak with you. Please do not be offended by the liberty taken to address you by those who have the honor to be, with the highest esteem possible, sir, your very humble and very obedient servants
[signed] F & A Dubbeldemuts
1. At the bottom of this letter is a note from F. & A. Dubbeldemuts dated 20 June. The Rotterdam merchants indicate that they originally sent the letter of 17 June to Leyden, but that it was returned with the information that JA's permanent residence was at Amsterdam. They, therefore, were sending the “ci jointe” or “subjoined” letter on to JA at Amsterdam with the hope that he would honor them with a response.
2. For the Dutch sloop Chester, see JA's reply of 21 June, below.
3. The British vessels captured by La Motte-Picquet's squadron on 2 May (from Benjamin Franklin, 11 May, note 1, 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.