[dateline] Amsterdam, 16 January 1782.
, No. 84, III, f. 462–465). printed
: Wharton, ed., Dipl. Corr. Amer. Rev.
, 5:114–116. In this letter JA
included English translations of two items that appeared in Dutch newspapers, including
the Gazette de Leyde
of 8 and 11 January. The first was the representation made on 31 Aug. by the Swedish
minister at London, in company with the representatives of Denmark and Russia, to
jointly mediate the Anglo-Dutch war so as to avoid further belligerent depredations
on neutral trade. See also JA
’s letters to the president of Congress of 6 Aug.
, 1st letter, calendared (vol. 11:440), and 13 Dec. 1781
, calendared above. The second item concerned the British attempt to stop and search
a convoy protected by the Swedish frigate Jeramis. The Swedish government rejected
Britain’s claim that it had the right to search, even under the provisions of the
armed neutrality. Sweden argued that such a right existed only for vessels not under
convoy, in all other cases the sovereign flag served to guarantee the nature of the
cargo and its ownership. A dispatch dated 14 Dec. at St. Petersburg reported that
the Russian government approved the Swedish position and ordered its ministers at
the belligerent courts to take like action in similar situations without waiting for
specific orders to do so.