[dateline] Brussels, 18 January 1782
Mr. Jenings forwarded your letter of 5 January to me with the Dutch translation of
the Révolution de l’Amérique.
I am relieved that you were not displeased with the little I said about you. Better
informed, I would have been more elaborate, but I did not know enough to state anything
more than general points.
If your time allows you to read carefully what I wrote about North America, perhaps
you could do me the favor of pointing out any errors that I might have made.1
I honor your talents, and have respect and admiration for your character. These sentiments
will assure you of my obedience.
[salute] I have the honor to be with respect, sir, your very humble and very obedient servant