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Collection Reference Number GLC06402
From Archive Folder Documents Relating to 1781 
Title Benjamin Franklin to Charles Dumas complaining about the limited assistance the Netherlands gave the United States during the American Revolution
Date 6 August 1781
Author Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  
Recipient Dumas, Charles W. F. (Charles William Frédéric)  
Document Type Correspondence
Content Description 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.
Subjects Revolutionary War  American Statesmen  Global History and Civics  Foreign Affairs  Congress  Continental Congress  
People Franklin, Benjamin (1706-1790)  Dumas, Charles W. F. (Charles William Frédéric) (1721-1796)  
Place written Passy, Paris, France
Theme The American Revolution; Government & Politics; Foreign Affairs
Sub-collection The Gilder Lehrman Collection, 1493-1859
Additional Information Signer of the U.S. Constitution.
Copyright The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Module Settlement, Commerce, Revolution and Reform: 1493-1859
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