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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0223

Author: Lafayette, Marie-Joseph-Paul-Yves-Roch-Gilbert du Motier, marquis de
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-27

From the Marquis de Lafayette

[salute] My Dear Sir

I Beg You will Accept My Best thanks for the two letters You Have Been pleased to write Giving the Particulars of Your Situation in Holland, and favouring me with Your Opinion Upon the Operations of Next Campaign.
I am Happy to find You Are likely to Get the Better of British Cabals, and Hope our independance will Be Soon Aknowledged throughout the United Provinces. Such a Measure from a Republican and Commercial Nation will prove Particularly Agreable to America. You will Vastly oblige me, My Dear friend, to let me Hear { 355 } of the Progress of Your Negotiations, and I do Assure You that independant of Public Considerations, the High Regard and warm Attachement I feel for You, will Greatly Contribute to My Satisfaction.
On My Departure from America I Have Been Desired By Mr Moriss to Represent the Necessity of a Pecuniary Assistance. It Has Been Granted, But four or Six Millions are wanting to Make up the Sum. Could it Be Possible to find them in Holland upon American Credit?
The defensive plans of general Connway are So Very absurd, that I think with You a General Evacuation will probably take place. However we ought not to Be too Sanguine. In all Cases, I am entirely of Your Opinion about what we ought to do. I Cannot write So Confidentially By post as I would wish, and will Be More Particular when an Opportunity offers. I Had a letter from Mr Jay.1 Things there as Usual. General Washington writes me that Every thing in the Several departements is taking a Good turn, and Great Improvements are Made. He Appears Much Satisfied with the Present Situation of Affairs.2
You are to Receive a Visit, not from a friend.3 That I Had from the Ministers Here. You will Vastly oblige me with the Particulars. But let me know, what I am to Say, and Not to Say. The Next Safe Opportunity I will write You a Confidential letter, and wish it was in Your Power to let me Have a Cypher to Correspond with you. I will Remain Some weeks more in france, and am Sure Congress will approuve of the delay.

[salute] With the Highest Regard and Most Sincere Affection I Have the Honor to be dear Sir Yours

[signed] lafayette
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “M. de la Fayette. 26 March ansd. 6 April 1782.”
1. Jay to Lafayette, 1 March. See Lafayette’s reply of 28 March (Lafayette in the Age of the American Revolution, Selected Letters and Papers, 1776–1790, ed. Stanley J. Idzerda and others, Ithaca, N.Y., 5 vols., 1977–1984, 5:19–20).
2. Washington to Lafayette, 4 Jan. (Washington, Writings, ed. Fitzpatrick, 23:429–431).
3. Thomas Digges.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0224-0001

Author: Dumas, Charles William Frederic
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-28

From C. W. F. Dumas

[salute] Monsieur

La grande oeuvre est accomplie. Aujourd’hui les Etats d’Hollde ont résolu, que leurs Députés aux Etats Genx. seront instruits, de diriger les choses dans l’Assemblée de L. H. P. à telle fin, que Mr. { 356 } | view { 357 } Adams soit admis pour leur présenter ses Lettres de créance de la part des Etats unis; et les Etats ont chargé expressément Mr. le Grand Pensionaire de vous donner incessamment connoissance de cette Résolution.1 Le Corps des Nobles a déclaré, qu’il ne concouroit ni ne s’opposoit à cette résolution. Sigillum veri simplex.2 Je n’ajouterai donc rien à ce que dessus, qui vient de m’être communiqué par Mr. Zeberg avec ses complimens sinceres pour V. E. Je n’ai pu voir les autres qui sont actuellement à celebrer l’oeuvre en bonne compagnie, et le Verre en main, au sortir de l’assemblée, sans retourner chez eux, où je les ai cherché en vain.
Je suis d’avis qu’il est convenable, Monsieur, que vous témoigniez par une Lettre à Mr. le Duc de la Vauguyon, la part que vous prenez au facheux accident arrivé la nuit du mardi au mercredi.3

[salute] Je suis avec le plus respectueux attachement Monsieur, Votre très humble & très obeisst. servit

[signed] Dumas
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.