Recipient: Ridley, Matthew
[dateline] The Hague September 29. 1782
Last Night I received your Letter of the 20th.1
Your Reserve upon the Subject of the Maryland Loan needed no Apology. I was Soon
informed of your Engagements with Messrs. Van Staphorsts, and Some Persons may possibly
think I ought to have opposed them. But I am not myself of that opinion. I think that
on one hand a Minister of the United States is not obliged to do any Thing to promote
a Loan to any particular State, and on the other that he is not obliged and indeed
has no Right to oppose it unless it very clearly interferes with the general Loan.
Accordingly I shall take no step in opposition to yours. I wish it well, and would
much Sooner favour it—indeed I dont believe it will interfere at all with the general
Loan. I am much inclined to be of the opinion of Messrs Van Staphorsts, that by multiplying
Connections with America it will rather assist it.
[salute] With great Respect, I have the Honour to be,