Recipient: Franklin, Benjamin
Recipient: Lee, Arthur
Recipient: Adams, John
Recipient: First Joint Commission at Paris
[dateline] The Hague, 8 December 1778
The calm of which I spoke in my letter of the 2d has ended much sooner than I had
anticipated. There already had been uneasiness for several days about the fall in
the English funds, and the letters from England have increased the qualms of our fundholders.
On the other hand, the refusal to publish the great city's protest against the resolution
of 18 November1
has forced this city to print and distribute it, not only at home, but to all the
other towns of the province. This has shocked the English party, which did not anticipate
that the city would carry out her threat in this regard. This was where things stood
until yesterday morning, when this party was further embarassed by the enclosed mémoire
This morning His Excellency the Ambassador had the kindness to give me a copy of
so that I might send it to you, gentlemen, and also to the very honorable congress.
It has already been sent to all the provinces and towns, as a subject for meeting
and deliberation. The States of the Province of Holland will reconvene on the 16th
and the towns will return armed with new instructions. I will send you, gentlemen,
a precise account of what ensues, which I do not doubt will be a new resolution in
accordance with this mémoire.
Thus the British maneuver will have resulted only in its own confusion.
I am, with great respect, gentlemen, your very humble and very obedient servant