[dateline] [ante 9 January 1782]1
On the fourth day of Last May, I had the Honour, of a Conference with the President
of their High Mightinesses, in which I informed him that I had received a Commission
<from my Sovereign> from the United States of America, with full Powers and Instructions, to propose
and conclude a Treaty of Amity and Commerce, between the United States of America
and the United Provinces of the Netherlands. At the Same Conference I had the Honour
to demand an Audience of their High Mightinesses in order to present to them my Letters
of Credence and full Powers.
The President assured me that he would make Report of all that I had Said to him,
to their High Mightinesses, in order that it might be transmitted to the Several <Provinces and Branches> Members of the Sovereignty of this Country for their deliberation and Decision. I
have not yet been honoured with an answer.
I now do myself the Honour, to wait on you sir, to demand as I do, <a cate><to be informed what answer, I am to write to the United States in Congress.> a categorical answer that I may be able to transmit it to my Sovereign.