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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).

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0279

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Jackson, William
Date: 1781-06-18

To Benjamin Franklin and William Jackson

This is a Copy of a Letter from Coll. Laurens to me, which I have given to Major Jackson, to shew to his Excellency Dr. Franklin. I should think it most adviseable for Major Jackson to lay the Accounts of the Indian before his Excellency, and pray him to authorize, Major Jackson or Mr. De Neufville to draw upon him, for the Amount, in case of my absence, from this Republick, which may become necessary before Major Jacksons Return, which will however, without doubt be expedited as much as possible, as the Ship waits for nothing else.
[signed] John Adams
RC (PPAmP: Franklin Papers).
1. This note is written at the bottom of a copy of John Laurens' letter of 28 April to JA, above, and was clearly intended to be read by both Benjamin Franklin and William Jackson.

Docno: ADMS-06-11-02-0280

Author: President of Congress
Author: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-06-20

From the President of Congress

[salute] Sir

You will receive herewith enclosed a letter addressed to his most Christian Majesty; with a Copy of the Same for your information.1
Also a Commission constituting the four gentlemen therein named in addition to yourself our Ministers for negotiating peace. Also another commission and duplicate Authorizing them to accept the Mediation of the Emperor of Germany and Empress of Russia, in one of which you will observe the Emperor is first named, and in the other the Empress. These are to be made use of as circumstances shall render expedient.
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I have also enclosed Instructions (in cypher) for your government in addition to those formerly given for negociating peace with Great-Brittain.2
No additional Instructions to your former are yet given relative to a treaty of Commerce with Great-Brittain.3
You will immediately communicate the receipt of these dispatches to Docr. Franklin and Mr. Jay to whom duplicates are also forwarded with Similar directions.
I have the honour to be with perfect Respect your humble servant
[signed] Saml. Huntington Presid.
P.S. Since writing the foregoing, for want of another conveyance, I have determind to Send this by the Same Conveyance that carries the Duplicates to Docr. Franklin, have therefore taken out, the letter to the King of France, and Copy mentioned in the foregoing.
[signed] S. H.
RC and enclosures (Adams Papers); addressed: “Honble J. Adams Esq”; endorsed: “Prest. Huntington June 20. 1781.”
1. Congress' letter of 13 June to Louis XVI thanked him for the renewed military and financial support he promised the U.S. (JCC, 20:638–639). See also Huntington's postscript.
2. For the enclosures, see Commissions and Instructions for Mediation and Peace, 15 June, above.
3. For Congress' 12 July revocation of JA's commission and instructions to negotiate an Anglo-American commercial treaty, dated 29 Sept. and 16 Oct. 1779 respectively, see the letter of 21 July from the Committee for Foreign Affairs, below.
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