Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
Recipient: President of Congress
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John Adams began this letter, which was read in Congress on 10 July, by paraphrasing
the first portion of William Lee's letter of 30 March
(above), regarding the Duke of Brunswick-Wolfenbüttel and the Netherlands. He then
provided English translations of a petition of 25 Feb. to the States General calling
for the outfitting of fifty-two warships; Sir Joseph Yorke's memorial of 21 March
demanding that the States General reply within three weeks to his previous memorials
for support of Great Britain's war efforts, or face suspension of the Anglo-Dutch
treaties insofar as they related to neutral commerce; the States General's reply of
24 March requesting additional time; and a paraphrase of Yorke's rejoinder that he
was unable to satisfy that request.