[dateline] Oct. 28th. 1780
[salute] Dear Sir
I shall endeavor to write largely to you, en Ami, but I will not risque the Sailing
of the Vessel for that Purpose, at this moment. It is reported Mr. Searle is taken; our Affairs in Holland must in such Case be very bad as you
will not have received any Powers for acting instead of Mr. Laurens who is too probably taken and carried to England from New foundland. And I also know of other Fatalities
to my Letters.
Your Friend & humb Servt.
[signed] James Lovell
[signed] C of f Affs.