[dateline] The Hague, 23 [March] 1782
This letter is only to confirm yesterday’s letter and the fact that everything is
moving forward. This morning I saw the ambassador who treated me very graciously and
with charming good humor. He thinks, as does our friend, that it would be appropriate
for you to be here for a few days, not to take any action, but rather just to present
yourself without any affectation.
A secret dispatch by a minister of the republic to a certain court gives them advice
on behalf of its sovereign, not only because of the close interest he takes and will
always take in matters regarding the republic, but also to say that nothing is expected
from this so-called mediation, which will not result in anything and is an impossibility.
Permit me, sir, to thank Mr. Thaxter for his obliging letter sent to me by Mr. Harrison.1
My family and I much regret that he had so little time to spend here. We are all
impatient here to see him [Thaxter]
next month and to give and receive written proof of our friendship, as I do to your
Excellency with sincere and respectful attachment, sir, from your very humble and
very obedient servant