Papers of John Adams, volume 16

Sir The Hague, 12 November 1784

I received with great pleasure your esteemed letter of 3 November, and I have already made use of its contents in a letter to Congress and with those gentlemen from Amsterdam.1

You, sir, will very shortly receive by the designated route of Mr. Charles Storer, the true history of a Madman. 2

Last September I received a letter from Mr. David Humphreys, secretary to the commission of the American ministers plenipotentiary, enclosing one from them to Mr. Thulemeier. I delivered that letter into Mr. Thulemeier’s own hands and relayed his response back to Mr. Humphreys. On 8 October I sent the ministerial response from Mr. Thulemeier to the same Mr. Humphreys. He has not confirmed its receipt at all. Here is another letter from Mr. Thulemeier to your excellency. He is extremely surprised and anxious to have not yet received from the honorable commission a response to his earlier letter. I owe a letter to your son, who would be kind to extend credit to me until next week.3 We heartily embrace him and ask him to pay our honors to the Adams ladies. I am with the most cordial respect, your excellency’s very humble and very obedient servant

C.w.f. Dumas

The flooding of the borders by opening all the locks has succeeded perfectly.