draft of report on Charles Dumas. Apparently Dumas made himself unpopular
with ruling powers in Holland; Mr. Hajel in the name of the Estates-General asked Mr.
Adams to replace him. Could either dismiss Dumas or ask Estates-General to detail their
problems with Dumas, but does not like either option. Not a good idea to dismiss a
public servant on a complaint from a foreign court without a hearing. Also Dumas not
officially employed by the United States in the Hague, so Congress could not take
official action. Believes the Estates-General mistaken in their understanding of DumasÆ
position vis-a-vis Adams or Congress. Should inform the Dutch of the exact position of
Dumas or they will think he acted under congressional instructions. Mr. Dumas deserves
praise for his zeal in helping the United States during the revolution and with their
present affairs in Holland but his political differences with the Dutch are his
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