Document, 1789 December 02

Title:
Document, 1789 December 02
Library Location:
Nationaal Archief (The Netherlands)
(Non-Columbia Location)
Name:
Dumas, Charles Guillaume Frédéric, approximately 1725-1780; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Format:
correspondence
Digital Project:
Papers of John Jay
Date:
1789 December 02
Note:
The entire content of the original has been digitized.
Physical Description:
3
Subjects:
United States--History--Revolution, 1775-1783; Jay, John, 1745-1829
Summary:
Convulsions in Europe have increased since last letter. Insurrection in Brabant. People against the government in the name of patriotism but really incited by the clergy and by a part of the nobility and encouraged by the powers that have an interest in creating this kind of diversion. Wants to see how the (EmperorÆs) court in Vienna will take all of this. Just learned that Jay, Jefferson and Hamilton have received posts as Chief Justice, Secretary of State and Treasurer of the United States; will continue to report to Jay until knows differently. The Brabantians had a plan to assassinate the heads of the government in Brussels. All the fugitives from Holland are in Brussels and Antwerp, like heretics protected by a sovereign. Along with that there are fruitless efforts by the deputation of Belgian provinces to submit ecclesiastical goods to the state. Thinking about the old monsters getting killed off in France -- hierarchy, oligarchy, feudal loyalty -- the commotions experienced by Europe seem less astonishing. Will be even worse when these monsters are attacked in Germany, where they are on the throne. Learned that fights begun between the provinces about their quotas, especially from Gelderland. The Brabantians, dislodged by the Austrian troops, retreated in the Brabant. These troubles of Brabant and what happened in Liege turn attention of the public from the French Revolution, on which however depends the final denouement of the affairs of Europe. Brabantian affair spread to Rotterdam, Ghent and Bruges. It was said that the government at Brussels is in flight, but has just heard that all is calm for the moment. In French.
Identifier:
columbia.jay.12412

Document, 1789 December 02