[dateline] The Hague, 3 July 1781
I was mortified to find that you had just left your inn, when I came to call on you
after having met with some patriots. I hope we can make up for it on your next trip
here. Meantime, I hasten to give you the enclosed, not only for you to be so kind
as to forward it, with your dispatches, but also so that you may read it.
Everything it contains is as reliable as it is interesting. The third article is more
directly important for America, and for you personally, because of your commission
as minister plenipotentiary for a general peace. I held the dispatch in my hands and
read it in its entirety, of which mine gives a summary.1
As far as it is concerned, you can rely on me. Besides, I do not know if the belligerent
courts have agreed on certain preliminaries with the imperial courts, or if it is
still only a negotiation initiated by these last two only. Time will tell.
My respects, if you please, to Messrs. Dana, Searle, Gillon and Jenings. I am with
great respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant
P.S. My compliments, sir, on Mr. Grasse's victory against Hood near Martinique.2
How Rodney is mortified. That brigand deserves it. But isn't there anyone in America
who can capture and hang the felon Arnold?
I take the liberty of asking you, sir, for twenty ducats, payable to Messrs. Neufville,
for the publication cost of the memorial in three languages. This fee is indicated
on the bill that you will have found in the package they sent to you containing 150