[dateline] Brussels Janry 31. 1781
Four mails arrived yesterday, by them we find that Eleven East Indiamen are arrived
at Brookhaven in Ireland. A Ship is arrived from N York, but no news transpires. The
English Minister seems to be ready to pardon the Dutch on condition they submit. He
treats them as He did the Americans, and will I Hope receive the same Treatment as
from our Countrymen. One of the Court news papers says there is an appearance of matters
being settled with Holland, as England will deliver out no more letters of Marque.
If this is true, it may perhaps be produced by the remonstrance of the Russian Minister,
who is abused grosely in the English Papers. The Troops are shipped for the fleet
going to America as I beleive those are for the East Indias. Lille and Antwerp are
too near to one Another. A Correspondence may be easily Kept up between those two
It ought to be attended to.
I am Sir Your Excellencys most faithful & obt. Hb. Sert
Be pleased to turn over.
P.S. I find the Translation of the Memorial &c. is published in England.2
It comes out in a good Time. A very Hearty good sensible Friend desires He may have
the Authors leave to publish Notes and Additions, if it goes to a Second impression—his
Integrity Principles and Knowledge may I think be trusted.3