[dateline] Leyden 22d. March 1781
[salute] Dear Sir
I have recieved several Letters from You, but have been so busy signing my Name, that
I could not answer.
I give You Joy of Laurens's Arrival—it is a great Event. I hope he brought You an
important Paper, which Lovel mentions in his Letter to You, and Gerry in an excellent
one to me.1
I rejoice Sir in your Honour, and in the public Good, but I feel myself weakened and
grieved at the present loss of a Treasure of Advice and Ability. I hope to see You
here in your Route.
Pray commit to writing all your Observations on our first Errand and give them to
me. I hope your old Commission is not superseded.2
In Case of Negotiation, of which however there is no likelihood for Years, I shall
summon You. Mr. Laurens must have Letters and important Papers for me. I hope to have
them soon. There is no one knows the banking Comn.3
but Mr. De Neufville and me—it is not more however than Precedent—but let them lye
about it if they will—I am not afraid of their Lyes. Statia is gone—and the Dutch
are yet dead—when they will come to life I know not.