[dateline] Amsterdam Dcr. 1. 1781
Last night I received yours of the 12 Novr. and am very sorry to find, that you were
not likely to sail as you expected.1
My dear Mrs. Adams has heard that Charles is coming home in Gillon and has a Thousand
Anxieties about him which will increase every Moment untill his Arrival, but when
We trust ourselves to Winds and Waves We must be patient under their Caprices.
I thank you for the good News, by this Time you will have learned better. I give you
Joy of it, all, Coll. Trumbull, Capt. Hill, Messrs. Gardoqui and every one who has
Feelings for America, and for injured Innocence, not forgetting my dear Charles, from
whom I have received two or three very pretty Letters.2
I thank you for your kind Care of him. Beg Mr. Gardoqui to let him have any Thing
he may want and draw upon me for it.
The Infant Hercules will go through all the twelve Labours, as tryumphantly as he
has strangled the two serpents Burgoine and Cornwallis.
The continental goods are left in such a Situation, that I see no Possibility of getting
them to America, this Season. I am doing all I can to get them sent or sold, or any
Way disposed of, to prevent a total Loss, but they are detained for freight, Damages
and nobody knows what. Very unjustly, and I have no Money to make the dull Jacks go.