Recipient: Digges, Thomas
Recipient: Church, William Singleton
[dateline] Amst. Nov. 27. 1780
[salute] Dr. Sir
I have received yours of the 17. with its Inclosure and that of the 22d.—and thank
you for both.
Things are coming to an Extremity, that Philanthropy would wish to avoid: but thus
it ever was, in Similar Cases. A free Nation corrupted, becomes <an Hell,>
a Society of Devils. Angells fallen, retain nothing but immortal Hate. Come out of
her, my People! Says a good old Book.1
This Republick has determined to acceed to the armed Neutrality. But most of the Provinces
and indeed most of the cities of Holland will disavow the <Treat> Negotiation of the Regency of Amsterdam: but they cannot punish Van Berkell and his
Acomplices, because they are a Limb of the Sovereignty.
Singleing him out will make him, the most conspicuous and the most respected of the
Citizens. But this is the ministerial Method of making great Men. In this Way Wilks,
Hancock, and Adams were made famous.2
What will Govt. do about the armed Neutrality? Will they charge Russia, Sweeden, and
Denmark with Faction, Sedition, Cabal, and Rebellion? Why dont they Demand that Panin
and his Accomplices should be punished?