Recipient: McKean, Thomas
Recipient: President of Congress
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Amsterdam, 17 October 1781. RC
in John Thaxter’s hand (PCC, Misc. Papers
, Reel No. 1, f. 423–426). printed
: Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 4:782–783. Included in this letter, a duplicate, was an English translation of a
placard issued at Utrecht on 3 Oct. against Aan het Volk van Nederland
. According to JA
, the pamphlet had “occasioned a great Alarm to the Government, and a great Agitation
of Spirits among the People.” The placard described the pamphlet as a slanderous attack
on the current stadholder and his predecessors, as well as an effort to overthrow
the current government and replace it with “a Democracy, or Regency of the People,
and thus to cause the Republick to fall into an entire Anarchy.” A reward of 1,400
guilders was offered for information leading to the prosecution and punishment of
the author and distributor of the pamphlet. For the complete text of a similar placard
issued by the States of Holland on 19 Oct., and additional comments on the pamphlet,
to the president of Congress, 25 Oct.