[To Pieter van Bleiswyck]
[dateline] Passi April 10 1778
We have the honor of acquainting your Excellency, that the United States of North
America, being now an independent Power, and acknowledged as such by this Court, a
Treaty of Amity and Commerce, is compleated between France and the said States, of
which We shall speedily send your Excellency a Copy, to be communicated if you think
proper, to their High Mightinesses, for whom the United States have the greatest respect
and the strongest desire, that a good Understanding may be cultivated and a mutually
beneficial commerce established, between the People of the two nations, which, as
will be seen, there is nothing in the above mentioned Treaty to prevent or impede.
We have the Honor to be, with great respect, your Excellencys &c.6
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, 2014.