[dateline] The Hague, 3 June 1781
I received your orders of the day before yesterday, and I will not fail in executing
them next Tuesday morning, not being able to do so earlier because of the holidays.
I consulted a well-connected friend who advised me to carry the letters personally
since this would be more polite and decent for everyone, and this way they could not
be refused. I will have the honor at that time to give you an account of my visits.1
In the meantime, I remain with very great respect and the most sincere attachment,
sir, your very humble and very obedient servant