[dateline] Amsterdam, 19 March 1782
Mrs. Van Berckel, who could not have expected that the illustrious anonymous one would
bestow such a great distinction on her, has the honor to show her gratitude toward
him. The note that accompanies this letter will very much serve as a sweet reminder
of this happy day when unbreakable ties were made between the republic of the United
States of America and this city, as well as binding ties of friendship between respective
The consideration you have shown me in this same letter is made even more precious
by its sincerity. Therefore, as far as I am concerned, if these efforts, which I have
been able to set in motion for the advancement of the union between the two republics,
have been received so favorably, how ardent my wishes would be that the said day mark
its perfect accomplishment, as well as the alliances which firmly establish friendship,
liberty, and independence of the two countries.
[salute] Meantime, I have the honor to show the most distinguished consideration for the illustrious
anonymous one, and the most veneration for his respectable country.
[signed] E. F. Van Berckel