[dateline] Paris June 6. 1780
[salute] Dear Sir
I had duely your Favours of 10 May, and another Since Rodneys Account of the Action
of the 17 April.1
But have not been able to answer before.
The Language which is held by the English both in and out of Parliament, is quite
incomprehensible by me. Do they really believe what they say? Do they believe that
America, will return to them? Well! next Winter, which approaches fast, there must
be 22 millions more. Will it come easily? Will they easily get Men, to replace those
who are dying in Georgia, Carolina and the West Indies? Will they easily get Seamen?
How is it all to be done? What is to be done with Ireland? what with the maritime
Confederacy? &c. I dont See, a Way out of the Labyrinth, for them. They are the best
Judges of their own Interest. They must have their own Way. They have not yet taxed
Experiments enough. They must Satisfy themselves. One Thing brings Consolation with
it to me. The more thoroughly they exhaust themselves in this War, the longer it will
be, before they will begin another with Us—and I am persuadd if Peace was made this
year, they would make another War with Us, as soon as ever they should be able. Will,
will not be wanting—nothing but Strength will be wanting.
I am told Several Vessells have arrived at Amsterdam from Boston and one from Philadelphia,
if any News should be obliged for it. We must Soon hear from Clinton—and other quarters.
The Gentlemans Correspondent I conclude from your hint was Mr. Dumas.2
I had not any Correspondence with him, till since the Receipt of your Letter. I inclosed
him Copy of Clintons Letter, and have received an Answer.