Papers of John Adams, volume 16

To the President of Congress

From Samuel Adams

John Adams to Benjamin Franklin and John Jay, 10 April 1784 Adams, John Franklin, Benjamin Jay, John
To Benjamin Franklin and John Jay
Gentlemen The Hague April 10. 17841

Inclosed is Copy of a Letter from the Baron de Thulemeier and Copy of a Project of a Treaty transmitted to me by order of the King of Prussia: I should be glad if your Excellencies would examine it, and write me your Objections, and proposals of alterations, which I shall immediately communicate to his Majesty through his Minister. I presume too that your Excellencies will transmit it to Congress that when they Send a Commission to conclude, they may Send their Instructions concerning any Changes to be made in the Project. Your Excellencies I flatter myself will think with me, that We Should execute the Treaty in our own, as well as in the French or German.

I am Gentn, your

LbC (Adams Papers); internal address: “Their Excellencies Benjamin Franklin Esq / and John Jay Esq. Ministers Plenipotentiary.”; APM Reel 107.


Although dated 10 April, this letter was probably not sent until the 13th. Enclosed with it were copies (not found) of the Baron von Thulemeier’s letter of 9 April and its enclosure, above. It also included a copy of the draft Prussian-American treaty, for which see Proposed Prussian-American Treaty of Amity and Commerce, [9 April – post 5 May], No. I, above. That copy was in JQA’s hand and docketed by him: “À la Haye ce 13: Avril 1784 Copié de l’original et examiné / par J. Q Adams” (PCC, No. 84, V, f. 307–320).