[dateline] The Hague January 30. 1784
I have received the Letter you did me the Honour to write me on the 17. of this Month.
I wish Sincerely well to your Plans of Connection with America, but as they are of
a private Nature I have no more Authority to give you Advice or Assistance, than any
I cannot give you any Encouragement, that Congress or the State of Maryland, or any
other of the United States, will give you any publick Aid.— The Country is all open
to the Enterprizing who, if they can find their Interest in Emigration have full Scope
to exert their Skill, Talents & Industry: But the publick will be cautious of interfering.
I would not, on the one hand, discourage your Attempt nor on the other inspire you
will false hopes. Your Plan is vast, and the Expence must be very great, So that if
you Should not meet with Success the Disappointment might be Serious.— Wood it is
true is plenty, but Labour is very dear. There have been Several Attempts to introduce
the Manufactory of Glass into America. One at Braintree near Boston, my native Place,1
and one or more, at Philadelphia. These Succeeded to a certain degree, but I believe
never made any great Fortune.
If your Friend Mr
John Fried. Amelong goes to Maryland I would recommend him to the Civilities of his
Excellency the Governor of that State, and any of the Members of their Legislature,
and any of the Members of Congress now Sitting at Anapolis. Any of these Personages
would have the Goodness to give thier Advice to Mr
Amelong, and he may take this Letter with him if you please, as an Introduction.
But he must not from thence expect any publick Assistance.2
With great Esteem and Respect &c