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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0192-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-11

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

[salute] Sir

This evening you will have received a letter marked no. 4 that was sent with the 1 o’clock post.2 I must add, on behalf of our friend here, that it is necessary for you to meet for a serious and decisive talk with the pensionary Mr. van Berckel and with Mr. Bicker, the son, as soon as tomorrow, if possible, regarding what was proposed in the aforesaid letter.3 Our friend is writing to Mr. Bicker this evening to tell him that you will inform him, as well as Mr. van Berckel, of the matter he is proposing. He will write to Mr. Bicker in general terms so as not to expose any secrets. Mr. Bicker is close to Mr. Hooft. So, this matter can be better dealt with among the three of you as I said above. Perfect cordiality is all that is required as a preliminary step. If you could decide upon a fixed date before Saturday, our friend believes it would be a decisive factor. It is necessary to hurry since it seems that deliberation on your admission will begin very shortly here. To this end, our friend is taking steps and has written to various places in a satisfying manner, which I know since he did show me these letters. Therefore, if the measures taken on your side succeed (I am speaking about the meeting with the aforementioned two gentlemen) as well as matters on this side, your trip here next Saturday will have important consequences. Meantime, I am saying to everyone here that you have authorized me to say openly, that nothing short of a cathegoric answer will satisfy you.
I did not have time to sign this morning’s letter. I would have missed the post. This lack of formality should not prevent you from trusting it. I will confirm it for you and am ready to sign it when you want, just as I did in all those letters in which I have attested to my zeal and fidelity for the interests of our sovereign, and the respectful attachment with which I remain always, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
RC (Adams Papers); (filmed at [12–16 March], Adams Papers, Microfilms, Reel No. 356.)
1. This date is derived from Dumas’ letter of 12 March, below.
2. Dumas’ first letter of [11 March], above.
3. See JA to Dumas, 13 March, below, for his account of the meeting with van Berckel and Bicker, presumably a son of Hendrik Bicker.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0193

Author: Grand, Henry
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1781-03-11

From Henry Grand

[salute] sir

I do presume from my repeated Aplications to Dr. franklin, and your Silence, that your former misunderstanding concerning the sum you requested me to pay to Mr. Dana is cleared up, by an equal Allowance made you in reimbursmt thereof.
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The Doctor having requested me to inform messrs. fizeaux Grand &c. that you would draw on him for your Appointments, I accordingly returned them your last Receipt for £400 str. to be exchanged against your draft, either for the whole, or only for that part exceeding the Ballance I owe you as Stated on the other Side. I hope this Arrangement will meet your Aprobation and shall be glad to hear it.
I heartily congratulate your Excellency and America on the late Resolutions of Parliament, my only wish now is to see you soon enjoying the Blessings of your Independency, and to see us soon restored to a general peace.

[salute] With best Compliments to all your young Gentlemen I remain with due Respect sir Your most obt. hble servt.

[signed] Grand
Ballance due to your Excellency on the 10th. of Sept last as p At.   2557.   16  
the 24 do. I paid to Chevanne de la Giraudiere   lt31.   4   }   63.   4  
19 of Oct I paid to ditto   32.    
at 52 3/4 Bof 1096.11         Lt2494.   12  
RC (Adams Papers); addressed: “A Monsieur Monsieur John Adams Ministre plenipotentiaire de Etats unis de L’Amerique A Amsterdam”; endorsed: “Mr Grand. March 11 1782 ansd March 16.”
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.
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