Recipient: President of Congress
Recipient: Huntington, Samuel
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Received by Congress on 29 Jan. 1781, this letter contained the statements exchanged
by Baron Willem van Wassenaer-Starrenburg and Catherine II, when Wassenaer-Starrenburg
and his fellow minister plenipotentiary, Baron Dirk van Heeckeren van Brantzenburg,
presented their credentials at St. Petersburg on 5 September. The Dutch minister noted
the importance of the impending negotiations regarding mutual efforts to protect the
neutral rights of Russia and the Netherlands under the armed neutrality and expressed
his hope for their successful conclusion. Catherine replied that she appreciated the
States General's action in sending representatives to St. Petersburg and that she
too hoped for a successful outcome. John Adams presumably copied and translated the
statements as they appeared in the Dutch newspapers. See, for example, the Gazette de Leyde of 29 September.