[dateline] The Hague, 7 November 1780
You will have seen from today's supplement to the Gazette de Leyde
that I followed your instructions to the letter and had the extracts concerning Mr.
Only the last two or three lines, where White-Eyes
is charged with the ignominious treatment inflicted upon Mr. Laurens, have been omitted,
for including them would have risked exposing ourselves.
Moreover, I am very grateful, sir, for this communication, of which I have made such
good use prior to its publication here, which makes a difference. For this reason,
as well as my personal interest in the fate of Mr. Laurens, I ask for your continued
generosity in sharing any further news you receive. I promise to publish or suppress
it, depending upon what you judge necessary for the welfare of Mr. Laurens, whose
ill health concerns me the most. I hope to make a small trip to Amsterdam and see
you there in perfect health. In the meantime, I am with great respect, sir, your very
humble and very obedient servant,