[dateline] Philadelphia April 1. 1777
Having an opportunity by So carefull an Hand as Captain Wentworth1
of Portsmouth, I have ventured to inclose you a copy of a Letter which appears to
me to be of Consequence.2
You will make use of it with Caution, among such Friends only as can be trusted to
make a discreete Use of it.
Inclosed is also a state of the Stocks in Amsterdam, on the seventh and twelfth of
by which you will see that the British Funds were falling, very fast, notwithstanding
the News from New York and the precipitate Effects in England to equip a Fleet of
The Dutch dont appear so inimical to Us, or so indifferent to our Fate as We apprehended
they would be. Letters from that Quarter, are fully of Opinion that, the Opportunity
for the House of Bourbon is too fair and inviting to be let slip.