Papers of John Adams, volume 14

To Jeremiah Allen, 2 January 1783 Adams, John Allen, Jeremiah
To Jeremiah Allen
Dear Sir, Paris Jany. 2d. 1783.

Your favor of 26. Decr. is come safe to hand, & I thank you for your Care of my dispatches. Mr. Storer will write to Mr. Williams to pay You the ten Louis for the Expence of the Express which You sent, and I shall pay the Money to Mr. Storer.

It is not in my Power to give you any Information, whether there will be Peace or War.— I am afraid the English will be again 161overseen, so far as to continue the War another Year, which cannot be attended with any Advantage to them— Nevertheless the long Continuance of the Negociation gives room to presume that both Parties have still hopes of coming together, and to hope for their Success, before the opening of another Campaign.

I wish it may happen with all my heart, & that You & I might go home together in the Spring, as We came three years ago, in the same Ship.—

I have the honor to be &c.

LbC in John Thaxter's hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr. Jeremiah Allen.”; APM Reel 108.

To Jean George Holtzhey, 2 January 1783 Adams, John Holtzhey, Jean George
To Jean George Holtzhey
Sir Paris Jany. 2d. 1783.

I have recd. the Letter, which You did me the honor to write me on the 23d. Decr. together with the Explication of your new Medal, in Commemoration of the Signature of the Treaty of Commerce, which is equally ingenious with that which celebrates the Acknowledgment of American Independence. These Events are worthy of your Ingenuity, Sir, and deserve to be remembered by Posterity, not only for the Blessings which will be derived to the two Nations, but by the Influence they have had in accelerating the Disposition of G. Britain for a general Peace: for whether such a Peace shall take place this Year or not, there is great Reason to believe it will happen some Years the sooner, for those Events which You are labouring to immortalize.

Please to accept of my thanks for this fresh Instance of your obliging Attention to me, & believe me to be, with great Respect, Sir / your most obedient / & most humble Servant

LbC in John Thaxter's hand (Adams Papers); internal address: “Mr. Joan George Holtzhey.”; APM Reel 108.

From C. W. F. Dumas, 2 January 1783 Dumas, C. W. F. Adams, John
From C. W. F. Dumas
Monsieur Lahaie 2e. Janv. 1783.

L’Assemblée dont j’ai parlé dans ma derne. de 31e. n’a pas eu lieu. Le G. Pe. a tant assuré les Pes. de Dt. & d’Amst que le Pce. de concert avec le Conseil Député avoit pris les mesures les plus efficaces 162pour prévenir touts désordres, qu’ils se sont laissés persuader de ne pas aller plus loin.

Effectivement, jamais on n’a vu à la Haie une veille de Janvr. si tranquille. Le passé paroît nous avoir rendus sages; si ce n’est le doublement des gardes, & sur-tout la précaution de faire fermer à certaine heure du soir toutes les Gargotes. Sans cela Nous n’aurions peut-être pas manqué d’avoir un peu de tapage; car nox & amor vinumque nihil moderabile Suadent.1

Ce tapage, au reste, quand il y en auroit eu, auroit fait plus de mal, par ses suites, aux mal intentionnés, que de peur aux autres.

L’honorée vôtre du 24 m’est parvenue après l’espédition des deux miennes du 31; Com̃e vous paroissez pressé, Monsieur, des Pensees sur la Revolut. & que j’ai fait demander en vain s’il y a quelque occasion, je prends le parti de vous l’envoyer tout de suite par la poste, selon que vous le mandez2

Nous n’avons aucune nouvelle de Mr. Votre fils, qui sera reçu à bras ouv̀erts s’il vient.

Nous voyons avec bien du plaisir, Monsieur, qu’il vous tarde de revenir auprès de nous. Je le dis hier au Gd. Pre., qui me demandoit de vos nouvelles.

J’ai fait hier, malgré un violent mal de reins, les visites d’usage chez le Presidt. de L. h. P., le Gr. Pre., le Greffier, le Presidt. du Conseil d’Etat, & le Grd. Bailli de Lahaie; il ne restoit plus que d’aller à la Cour, lorsqu’il m’a pris une foiblesse à l’appartement de Mr. De Berenger, avec qui je me proposois d’aller, & qui m’a ramené chez moi, où je suis confiné depuis.

Ma famille, avec moi, vous honore, & partage les sentimens du respect sincere avec lequel je suis, Monsieur, De Votre Exce. / le très-humble & très- / obéissant serviteur


La Prov. d’Hollde. a pris la Résolution d’entreprendre sérieusement la Réduction du H. Cons. de Guerre.

En apprenant à l’ami de Dt.,3 que vous n’aviez pas grande opinion de la paix, il m’a dit tant mieux.

Sir The Hague, 2 January 1783

The assembly of which I spoke in my second of 31 December never convened. The grand pensionary so vigorously assured the pensionaries of Dordrecht and Amsterdam that the prince, in concert with the council of 163state, had taken such effective measures to prevent all such disorders in the future that the pensionaries were persuaded to take no further action.

Indeed, there has never been so peaceful a New Year's Eve at The Hague. The past has rendered us wise—or perhaps it is the doubling of the guard, and particularly the precaution of closing all the taverns at a certain hour each evening. Otherwise we would probably have had some rowdiness; for nox et amor vinumque nihil moderabile suadent.1

Besides, had this disturbance occurred, its consequences would have been more harmful to the ill-intentioned than to be dreaded by anyone else.

Your honored letter of 24 December arrived after my two letters of 31 December had been sent. Since you seemed in a hurry for Pensées sur la révolution, sir, and wondering in vain whether it was for some particular occasion, I have decided to send it at once through the mail as you requested.2

We have no news of your son, who will be welcomed with open arms if he comes.

We note with much pleasure, sir, that you seem anxious to be back among us. I said as much yesterday to the grand pensionary, who was asking after you.

Yesterday, despite a violent attack of lumbago, I paid the customary calls on the president of their High Mightinesses, the grand pensionary, the secretary, the president of the council of state, and the grand bailiff of The Hague. It remained only to visit the court, when I was overcome with weakness in the apartment of Mr. Bérenger, with whom I had intended to go. Instead he brought me home, where I have been confined ever since.

My family, as I do, sends its regards and shares the sincere respect with which I am, sir, your excellency's very humble and very obedient servant


The Province of Holland has resolved to undertake, in earnest, the reduction of the council of war.

When I told our friend from Dordrecht3 that you did not think too highly of the peace, he replied, "so much the better."

RC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Paris à Son Exc. Mr. Adams, Min. Plen. des E. U.”


Ovid, Amores, Book I, poem 6, line 59: “Night and love and wine counsel nothing in moderation.”


In his letter of 24 Dec. (NHi:Gilder Lehrman Coll.), JA requested that Dumas send him a copy of Pensées sur la révolution de l’Amérique-Unie, extraits de l’ouvrage anglois, intitulé mémoire, addressé aux souverains de l’Europe, sur l’état présent des affaires de l’ancien and du nouveau-monde, Amsterdam, 1780, which is a French translation of JA's A Translation of the Memorial to the Sovereigns of Europe upon the Present State of Affairs between the Old and New World into Common Sense and Intelligible English, London, 1781. For the text of the Translation, as well as an account of its drafting, importance, and publication, see vol. 9:157–221. The copy was for an unidentified “Gentleman” who was “very desirous of one.”


Presumably Cornelis de Gyselaar.