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Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0239

Author: Adams, John
Recipient: Jenings, Edmund
Date: 1782-04-03

To Edmund Jenings

[salute] Sir

Last night I recd yours of March 31. inclosing a Receipt from some American Prisoners for Money advanced them. Let me beg of you sir to Point out, in what Way, I may remit this Money. I am ready to pay a Bill upon Sight, or to purchase a Bill here and transmit it, whichever is most agreable.
The new British Ministry will only, plunge their Country into deeper Misfortunes if they Spend time to negotiate a seperate Peace. It is not less extravagant and insolent than the Project of Conquest entertaind by their Predecessors. America Stands, at present upon so high Ground, that even the Continuance of the War, will be a Blessing to her, if War can ever be called a Blessing. It will be a constant Source of Wealth and Power. It cannot therefore be expected of her that she should abate an Iota of her Pretensions.
Pray how do you like the Petitions from the Dutch Merchants and Manufacturers. They appear to me to have given a Reputation to the American Cause, which will be an Increase of strength and Power, equal to a great army or Navy. For one need not read Hobbes to learn that Reputation is Power.
The Amsterdam Requite was drawn by my Friend Calkoen, tho he has admitted into it, some Mistakes that of Leyden by My Friend Luzac, that of Rotterdam by my Acquaintance Van Zoon of the Hague.1 But there is scarcly a City in the Republick which has not followed the Example. You know Some of the Ploughing and hoeing and harrowing, which has prepared the Ground you know Some of the seed that has been sown, and that it was Humphry Ploughjog• { 383 } ger2 who sowed it. But the Crop has exceeded Humphrys most Sanguine Expectations. Nature almost allways has occasion for a Midwife you know. I wonder what may be the sentiments of some People against whose Judgments, Exhortations and Warnings all this Mischeif has been done. Will they deny, Sentiments which can be produced under their Hands?

[salute] With great Esteem I have the Honour to be &c

[signed] J. Adams
1. For Hendrik Calkoen, an Amsterdam lawyer, see vol. 10:196–199. Van Zoon has not been identified.
2. A pseudonym used by JA for contributions to the Boston Gazette between 1763 and 1767, for which see vol. 1:58–66, 90–94.

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0240

Author: Andrews, Samuel
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-04-03

From Samuel Andrews

[salute] Sir

I wrote your Excellency per the last post respecting my business in this City. I now take the Liberty by my worthy and good Friend Mr Texier to send you the Memore of this business which I declare to your Excellency upon my honour is the truth on my part And by which you will see how Cruelly I have been treated in Martinieque as also in this City. Had I have Lost my Intrest by shipwreck or have been taken by the English I should not have thought so much of it But to loose it And to be taken from me by those who I would sopose ware my friends it is Cruel to the last degree. I am fully perswaded from your Excellencys Goodness you will due every thing for me in your Power to retrieve this Intrest which if Lost I am fully runie’d as will also hurt the Estate very much of deseased friend Mr Gray.

[salute] I have the Honour to be with due Respect your Excellency most Obedent & very Humble Sert

[signed] Sam Andrews
RC (Adams Papers); endorsed: “Mr Andrews. Ap. 3. 1782.”

Docno: ADMS-06-12-02-0241-0001

Author: Capellen tot den Pol, Joan Derk, Baron van der
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-04-05

From Joan Derk van der Capellen tot den Pol

[salute] Monsieur

J’ai écrit amplement au Bourguemaitre Hooft1 touchant la Situation des affaires dans cette Province, avec priere de Vous en donner { 384 } Communication. Les Villes ont pris de bonnes Resolutions. Mais je Suis encore incertain au Sujet des Nobles. Mecredi, a eu juger par les apparences et quelques informations, ils etoient peu disposés a reconnoitre L’independance. Mais il ÿ eu qui croient quils ont reçu Mecredi au Soir des ordres de la Haÿe: Du moins l’on S’imaginoit hier de remarquer quelque changement dans les discours de quelques uns. C’est, a ce que je m’attends, aujourdhui que l’affaire Sera decidée; du moins la grande Besoigne Se tiendra ce matin. Mais il ÿ pourtant encore moien de deliberer et de dilaier.2
J’ai reçu une lettre de Mon Ami Valk. Quoique je me Suis fait une loi de n’importuner personne par des Sollicitations, je ne Saurois cependant me refuser a la demande de ce digne Ami. Il a eu le malheur de Se voir ruiné de fond en comble par cette guerre inopinée. Il a resolu de Se transporter en Amerique. Mais Sa digne epouse Souhaiteroit beaucoup de pouvoir rester dans Sa Ville natale Rotterdam. N ÿ auroit il pas moien que le Congress emploiat ce brave homme en quelque qualité—par exemple d’Agent—qui put lui donner l’occasion de Subsister honnetement, et de recommencer quelque affaire? Je prie Votre Excellence dÿ Songer. Je puis recommander mon Ami comme un patriote zélé et éclairé et comme un negociant qui a etudié Son metier. Je puis d’ailleurs assurer Votre Excellence que les deux peuples lui ont de l’obligation. Je ne Saurois en dire d’avantage.3 J’ai lhonneur detre en grande hate de Votre Excellence le tres humble et tres obeissant Serviteur
[signed] Capellen de Poll
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.