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|Collection Reference Number
|From Archive Folder
|Documents Relating to 1781
|Benjamin Franklin to Charles Dumas complaining about the limited assistance the Netherlands gave the United States during the American Revolution
|6 August 1781
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)
|Dumas, Charles W. F. (Charles William Frédéric)
|Written shortly after his appointment as one of five commissioners to negotiate peace with England, Franklin complains about the limited assistance the Netherlands had given the United States during the American Revolution. Referring to the Dutch Revolution he notes: "[F]or tho' it was formerly in the same situation with us, and was glad of assistance from other nations, it does not seem to feel for us or to have the least inclination to help us." Also cites a comparison of Holland to a shop, commenting "I begin to think it has no other Principles or Sentiments but those of a Shopkeeper." Also discusses some correspondence with Congress and letter sealing methods. Dumas was a Dutch intellectual and colonial agent who was sympathetic to America's cause. Written in the hand of William Temple Franklin, Franklin's grandson who acted as his secretary in France.
|Revolutionary War American Statesmen Global History and Civics Foreign Affairs Congress Continental Congress
|Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790) Dumas, Charles W. F. (Charles William Frédéric) (1721-1796)
|Passy, Paris, France
|The American Revolution; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
|The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
|Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
|The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
|Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859