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Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0127-0001

Author: Cerisier, Antoine Marie
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-07-27

From Antoine Marie Cerisier

[salute] Monsieur

Peut-être aurai-je l'honneur de répondre demain à l'invitation que vous m'avez faite avec tant d'affabilité, d'aller vous vois à la Haye. Je Sens que j'ai besoin d'aller puiser dans votre conversation; c'est dans cette source féconde que j'irai chercher à réparer la sécheresse de mes faibles lumieres. Si je n'arrivai pas demain a la Haye, ce serait certainement samedi de la semaine prochaine. Comme personne ne me connait dans cette résidence, je serai flatté d'entendre causer l'un et l'autre; mais hélas mon absence ne peut être longue à { 211 } cause de l'esclavage de la Gazette;1 j'espere que mon corps en profitera autant que mon esprit; car suivant les médecins, ma santé asses délabrée depuis quelque tems à quelque besoin de changer un peu d'air.

[salute] J'ai l'honneur d'etre le même dévoûment & la même vènération que vous m'avez connus de votre Excellence le Très humble & très obéissant serviteur

[signed] A M. Cerisier

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0127-0002

Author: Cerisier, Antoine Marie
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-07-27

Antoine Marie Cerisier to John Adams: A Translation

[salute] Sir

May I please have the honor of responding tomorrow to your affable invitation to visit you at The Hague? I sense that I need to converse with you; it is from this deep well that I will seek to refresh my parched ideas. If I do not arrive at The Hague tomorrow, it certainly will be Saturday of next week. Since no one knows me at this residence, I would be delighted to hear their conversations, but alas, I cannot be absent from the enslavement of the Gazette for very long.1 I hope that my body will profit from it as much as my spirit because according to the doctors, my fairly poor health would benefit from a little change in the air.

[salute] I have the honor to be, with the same devotion and veneration that your excellency has shown to me, your very humble and very obedient servant

[signed] A M. Cerisier
1. Probably a reference to his editorship of Le politique hollandais, but he had also supplied the Gazette d'Amsterdam with French translations of English documents, for which see vol. 12:126, 130.

Docno: ADMS-06-13-02-0128

Author: Mazzei, Philip
Recipient: Adams, John
Date: 1782-07-30

From Philip Mazzei

[salute] Sir

The honour of your Excellency's letter of the 3d. instt. has afforded me a great satisfaction on many accounts, but particularly for the information of the flourishing state of our dear Country.
I hope you will have received before this my preceding of 28. ulto., to which I refer you in regard to the intentions of the European Courts. What your Excellency says on that subject confirms me in my opinion, which has been for some time, and is, that those Powers who should think of joining England, would receive much greater injury by it, than they could do to us. My reply to this Sovereign, as mentioned in my preceding, relative to our Independence, is a clear prove of my way of thinking on that head.
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The most dangerous intrigues alluded to in my letter of 21st. May, have been carried on within the circumference of the United Provinces; and I think I was justifiable in calling them not only refined, but even most refined, when I consider that the honest party have not been able to prove them clearly enough, as to bring the guilty to a legal punishement, and that, notwithstanding the precautions already taken, they still exist, to the prejudice of the good Cause, though in much lesser degree. The intrigues of the foreign Courts could not be kept secret, as your Excellency justly observes; but a domestick Enemy, provided of a number of Satellites in almost every department to shelter him, is the Devil. I hope to be sufficiently understood.
I have been much pleased with your Excellency's prognostick in regard to Irland, because you would not speak without some good foundations; I cannot however be so sanguine in my expectations on that point. I cannot flatter myself with the hope of an alliance with that Kingdom. It seems to me, that if the Irish are united in their claim about external Legislation England will acquiesce in it; that they will lose the point if they are not united.
Your reflections on the barbarous conduct of England cannot be in my opinion better adequate. I make no doubt but we shall pay due regard to it, and behave with gratitude and affection to our Friends, as a Nation; I have however my doubts about a good number of our People, who I am afraid will individually pass over it, and suffer to be lead by old prejudices in favour of a Country, which in point of justice, honour, and delicacy ought for ever to be detested by us. I wish with all my heart that I may be mistaken.
The intense uncommon heat of the Season has reduced me so low, that it will be impossible for me to undertake a journey before the middle of September; therefore I must beg your Excelly's favour to let me Know before I set out from this place, whether my preceding came safely to your hands, and if you have thought proper to send a copy of it in your cipher to America.1 I don't mean to abuse your Excellency's compleasance but for the certainty of it, while I express my hearty thanks for your very obliging, satisfactory, and friendly letter. And I have the honour to be most respectfully, Sir, your Excellency's most Humble & most Obedient Servant
[signed] Philip Mazzei
1. For JA's refusal to send Mazzei's 28 June letter to America and his reasons for it, see his reply to Mazzei of 12 Aug., below.
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