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1. The following preceded this letter as published in the Boston Patriot
“All the gentlemen in Holland who were the most friendly to the American cause were excessively prone to have their spirits cast down into deep despondency, and absolute despair of our final success by any sudden news of unfortunate events. In one of these dispositions, the baron Van der Capellen wrote me a letter full of these causes of his own and others anxiety, to which I wrote him the following hasty answer.”
Cite web page as: Founding Families: Digital Editions of the Papers of the Winthrops and the Adamses, ed.C. James Taylor. Boston: Massachusetts Historical Society, 2007.