[dateline] Amsterdam Octr. 7. 1780
[salute] Dear Sir
Mr. Bowdoin, a gentleman of Virginia, is passing through Brussells in his Way to France.
He is a young American of good Character here, and I have the honour to recommend
him to your Notice.
Pray what think you, of the Face of affairs? According to present Appearances a year
or two more, will probably deliver our country from the Ennemies within it, tho it
may not bring Peace. The K. of England has so much Spirit and Firmness, that it is not to be expected he will make Peace.
The English have commenced Hostilities as usual, without a declaration of War against
the Dutch in St. Martins,1
but I suppose this will be pocketed like all former Insults. The Dutch however are
some what enraged at it, for the present. I have not so regular Intelligence from
England here as I had in Paris, but I suppose the ministry are omnipotent in Parliament
although the omnipotence of Parliament, and of the British Navy, Seems to be Somewhat
I am sir respectfully yours
Between you and me, I shall stay here, untill the Arrival of Mr. Laurens if it is