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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0212-0002

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-20

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

[salute] Sir

I received the enclosed for you, from where and from whom I don’t know, with the Gazette de Rotterdam, which had the merchants’ petition inserted in it. I suppose it contains the same thing. You will have seen in the newspapers that the 64 merchants and manufacturers acted the same in Leyden. I have reason to believe that the combined merchants of the province’s cities will make a similar petition tomorrow to the states of Holland and to the states general.1 I was given the substance of the Amsterdam resolution. Inasmuch as there is only one sticking point that could make trouble for us, I am happy. It will still depend on you, sir, that it is not successfully thwarted through a refusal to start any meetings before your credentials are accepted and you are treated accordingly.
I believe the matter will be up for discussion the day after tomorrow. Meantime, I do not dare add any more of the details I know to this letter, lest they fall before curious, indiscreet eyes.2
I believe I must warn you, that I have been assured of Mr. Wentworth’s departure this afternoon for Amsterdam, where he has, he says, some business to attend to. He has sent most of his baggage by way of Rotterdam to Antwerp, where perhaps he will continue to reside since he is not allowed to stay here at the present time. The pretext for his coming here is over, and I have been informed of most of it. I am with great sentiments of respect and fondness, as you know, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
[signed] Dumas
I put your excellent letter of the 14th to good use. I cannot say anything more about it until I speak to you face to face.1
1. Printed copies of the 20 March petitions to the States of Holland and the States General from the merchants of Haarlem, Leyden, and Amsterdam are in the Adams Papers. There were 53 signatures from Haarlem, 12 from Leyden, and 345 from Amsterdam, including all those with whom JA had done or would do business. JA included English translations of the petitions in his letter of 19 March to Robert R. Livingston, calendared above, and in A Collection of State-Papers, 1782, p. 47–48, 52–59. In both the letter of 19 March and the Collection, JA indicated that the petition to the States General was only from Amsterdam.
2. This sentence was interlined.
3. This sentence was written in the left margin.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0213

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Digges, Thomas
Date: 1782-03-21

To Thomas Digges

Mr Adams will Stay, at home, for the Gentleman in No. 10, whom he will receive at ten o Clock, this Day, Sans Ceremonie, provided { 342 } the Gentleman is content the Conversation Should pass in presence of Mr Thaxter, Mr Adams’s Secretary.
But Such is the Situation of Things here and elsewhere, that it is impossible for Mr. A. to have any Conversation with any Gentleman from England, without Witness. And indeed, Mr Adams’s Advice to the Gentleman is, to proceed forthwith to Paris, and communicate, whatever he has to Say to Dr Franklin and the Comte de Vergennes in the first Place, without Seeing Mr A. who will certainly think himself bound to communicate, whatever may be made known to him, without Loss of Time to those Ministers, as he has no Authority to treat, much less to conclude, but in Concert with them and others.2
FC (Adams Papers); notation: “Mr Adams’s Answer to Mr Digges at the first Bible. Amsterdam.”
1. This is the last extant letter from JA to Thomas Digges.
2. For JA’s account of his conversation with Digges on 21 March, the first time the two men had met face to face, see JA to Benjamin Franklin, 26 March, below.
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.