I am working on excusing you from the dinner engagement, according to your wishes, at least for a little while and without fixing any future date.2 But you cannot avoid attending the dinner on the 6th at Mr. and Mrs. Boreel's. I was told that the entire court and all the foreign ministers will be there. This is not just my sentiment. I have only a moment before missing the post-wagon. I will answer your last letter more fully later.
In haste, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant,
I am in full possession of the house.
This date is derived from Dumas' postscript, which is a response to JA's letter of 2 May, above.
For the means by which Dumas refused, on JA's behalf, the invitation from Schiedam, see his Address to the City of Schiedam,