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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0153

Author: Curtis, Samuel
Author: Bass, Jeriah
Author: Savil, Edward
Author: Newcomb, Briant
Author: Field, Job
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-02-14

From Samuel Curtis and Others

[salute] Sir

Being duly Sencible of the many favours wee have received from you Since wee have been in Captivity which favours have Contributed greatly towards our Suport therefore we think it our indispencible duty to return you our hearty thanks for Such Extroadinery favours wee was favoured with your last kindness about Six weeks past and the enclement Season of the year and many other dificulties we have to Surmount in our Long and tedious Confinement Expends our money very fast neighther of us haveing any friend in this kingdom to releave our distreses we theirfore dear Sir take Courage to request one favour more from you for our money is all Exhausted and wee must uavoidably Suffer in our Captivity unless our distreses are releived there fore dear Sir wee Earnestly beg you would take our deplorable and distresed Circumstances into your candid consideration and be bountifully disposed to grant our request by Supplying us with a little more money and in So do• { 236 } ing wee Shall think our Selves in duty bound to render you all the Satisfaction that may be in our powers to do when Ever wee are liberated from our Captivity wishing you health wealth and properity we Close with Subscribeing our Selves your freinds and unfortunate neighbours
[signed] Samuel Curtis
[signed] Jeriah Bass
[signed] Edward Savil
[signed] Bryant Newcomb
[signed] Job Field

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0154-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-02-14

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

Ce matin le Concert avec la France, et la Mediation ont été résolus aux Etats d’Hollde en même temps.1 C’est une Singuliere Cuisine qui peut assaisonner, et un singulier Estomac qui peut avaler et digérer des choses si peu compâtibles. La Médiation est acceptée saufs les droits de la rep. à la neutralité armée; selon la resolution, on doit aussi donner connoissance de la Négociation pour la paix aux autres Puissances belligérantes. J’ignore encore les autres particularités de la Résolution: mais je les saurai demain. Wentworth2 est fort visité ici par le Parti Anglomane. Il a été ce matin à 11 heures en conférence chez l’Ambr. Russe. Il fait déjà le petit Ambassadeur. Mundus vuit decipi, ergo decipiatur.3 Allons notre chemin. Nous rirons les derniers.
Mrs. Barclay et Thaxter ont vu ce que vous savez; et je crois qu’après leur rapport vous aurez vu que je n’avois rien exagéré, et que l’emplette seroit très-bonne. Il ne faudroit pas trop tarder après cela à vous déterminer, Monsieur, afin de n’être point prévenu par d’autres qui acheteroient ou loueroient. On pourroit provisionellement acheter sous mon nom. Tantum pour aujourd’hui car la poste va partir. Je Suis avec le plus sincere respect Monsieur Votre très-humble & très obeissant serviteur
[signed] Dumas

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0154-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-02-14

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

[salute] Sir

This morning, the accord with France and the mediation were resolved in the states of Holland.1 It is a singular cuisine that can season two things { 237 } so incompatible and a singular stomach that can swallow and digest them. The mediation was accepted with the exception of the republic’s rights to the armed neutrality. According to the resolution, the belligerent powers must be notified about the peace negotiation. I do not know any other particulars of the resolution, but I will know more tomorrow. Wentworth2 was sent here by the British government. At eleven o’clock this morning he was in a meeting with the Russian ambassador. He is presenting himself as the little ambassador. Mundus vuit decipi, ergo decipiatur.3 We will remain honest. We will have the last laugh.
Mr. Barclay and Mr. Thaxter have seen you know what. I believe that by their report you will realize that I have not exaggerated and it would be a good purchase. You must not take too long to decide, sir, because someone might buy it or rent it soon. I could buy it for you provisionally under my name. Tantum4 for today because the mail is about to leave. I am, with the most sincere respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
1. For French and English translations of the resolutions, see the Gazette de Leyde, 21 Feb.; The Remembrancer . . . for the Year 1782, pt. 1, p. 249–250.
2. Paul Wentworth, a British agent, arrived at The Hague on 1 Feb., ostensibly to arrange a prisoner exchange. In fact, the North ministry, at least partly to mollify the opposition, had sent him to sound out the Dutch government about a separate peace. It was a mission doomed to failure. The British conditions, which included a commitment by the Dutch not to recognize the United States and to expel JA, proved unacceptable. Just as unacceptable to the British were the Dutch demands that the free ships make free goods provision of the Anglo-Dutch treaty of 1674 be reaffirmed, that captured Dutch possessions be returned, and that the Netherlands be paid an indemnity for its maritime losses (Edler, Dutch Republic and Amer. Rev., p. 199–200; Samuel Flagg Bemis, The Diplomacy of the American Revolution: The Foundations of American Diplomacy, 1775–1823, N.Y., 1935, p. 168).
3. The world wishes to be deceived, and let it be deceived.
4. So much.
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.