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Browsing: Papers of John Adams, Volume 12


Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0234-0001

Author: Wild, Bartholomé
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-31

From Bartholomé Wild

[salute] Vôtre Exellence

Etant Neé Libre en Suisse et plus que 40. Année dans cette Libre Republique, on ne doit pas S’ètonner que je m’interesse pour un nouveaux Peuple Libre, qui avec l’aide de Dieu à S’en Se Soustraire de la tiranie Brittanique, en S’en franchissant de l’adieu ésclavage. Nôtre Province et Surtout les habittant de cette Ville ont apris avec un Joix extraordinaire que Les Etat d’hollande les onts enfin recconnû Libre et qui Veuillent entammer un Traitté d’Amitie et de Commerce qui ne Sçauroit etre qu’avantageux pour les 2. Nations ou Republiques. Nous ésperons que les autres Provinces prendrons également avec la Frise de ferme resolution. Celle ci est pour vous aviser que Venderdi passé on à presenté une Requête aux deputés de nos Etat à ce même êffet signé de 83. Negotiants, fabriquers et { 373 } Traffiquants, laquelle à êté favorablement reçu. Hier on à tenû à ce Sujet une assemblée extraordinaire pour se mettre en Etat de prendre la conclusion à l’Assemblé de Leurs Noble Puissance Mecerdi qui vient. J’ai lieu de croire que les Souhaits de tant les braves Bourgeois Seront accomplie et que nous triompherons enfin Sur tout les traittres de la Patrie Les Anglomanes.
J’ai l’honneur de vous envoyer provisionèllement La Requette, que je vous prie de ne pas laisser Sortir de vôtre Mains avant que j’aurai la sattisfaction de vous envoyer une Seconde, Sur laquelle, vous trouverés les Noms de tout ceux qui ont Signé.1
J’ose vous dire qu’avec Mr. Le Procureur Hoevenaar je me Suis donné tout les mouvement pour venir jusqu’à ce point et Soyés assuré qu’a la reserve de fort pêu de Personnes, tant de nos Seigneurs, que des Bourgeois tout est pour la bonne Cause. Le Tout Puissant benissent cet Ouvrage et quelle tendent pour sa gloire et pour nôtre Commune prosperité.

[salute] Je me reccommande dans vôtre bienveuillance ayant l’honneur d’etre avec une haute Consideration De Son Exellence, Le très humble, très obeissant & très devoué serviteur

[signed] B. Wild

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0234-0002

Author: Wild, Bartholomé
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-03-31

Bartholomé Wild to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Your Excellency

Being born a free man in Switzerland and living in this free republic for more than 40 years, it should not surprise you that I am interested in a new free people, and that, with God’s help, they will escape British tyranny by surmounting this enslavement. Our province, especially the inhabitants of this city, has learned with great joy that the states of Holland have finally recognized their freedom, and would like to commence a treaty of friendship and trade that could only be advantageous for both nations or republics. We hope that the other provinces will take a firm resolution, equal to the one taken by Friesland.
This letter is to inform you that last Friday, a petition presented to our states’ deputies to this same effect, signed by 83 manufacturers and traders, was favorably received. Yesterday, an extraordinary session was held on this subject in order to prepare for the conclusion of the assembly of their noble mightinesses next Wednesday. I have reason to believe that the wishes of the good bourgeoisie will be achieved and that in the end we will triumph over all of the country’s traitors, that is to say, the Anglomanes.
I have the honor to provisionally send you the petition, and ask that you keep it until I will have the satisfaction of sending you the second one with all of the signatures.1
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I dare tell you that along with Mr. Hoevenaar, the state prosecutor, I have devoted all actions to arrive at this point and be assured that with the reservation of very few people, mostly nobility and bourgeoisie, all are for the good cause. The all powerful blesses this work and may it accrue to his glory and our common prosperity.

[salute] I recommend myself, with your kindness, in having the honor to be with the great consideration of your Excellency, your very humble, very obedient, and very devoted servant

[signed] B. Wild
1. The petition was dated of 29 March, but the copy that Wild, a Utrecht bookseller, apparently enclosed with this letter has not been found. The Adams Papers, however, do contain what is likely the copy with 83 signatures, including Wild’s, that he promised to send later. It is printed, with the names of the signers entered in an unknown hand.
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.
http://www.masshist.org/apde2/