Recipient: William V, Prince of Orange and Stadholder of the Netherlands
[1 January 1781]
[salute] High and serene Prince
The United States of America in Congress Assembled impressed with a deep sense of
your wisdom and magnanimity and being desirous of cultivating the friendship of your
Highness and of the seven United Provinces of the Netherlands who have ever distinguished
themselves by an Inviolable attachment to freedom and the rights of Nations, have
appointed the honorable John Adams late a delegate in Congress from the State of Massachusetts,
and a member of the Council of that State to be their minister Plenipotentiary at
your Court that he may give you more particular Assurances of the great respect they
entertain for your Highness and for the people over whom you preside as Stadtholder.
We beseech your Highness to give entire credit to every thing which our said minister
shall deliver on our part especially when he shall assure you of the sincerity of
our friendship and regard.
We pray God to keep your Highness in his holy protection.
Done at Philadelphia the first day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand
seven hundred and Eighty one, and in the fifth Year of our Independence. By the United
States of America.
[salute] Your friends
[signed] Sam. Huntington President
[signed] Attest Chas Thomson Secy.