Recipient: Digges, Thomas
Recipient: Ross, Timothy D.
[dateline] 17th. Decr. 1780
I regularly recieve the Newspapers, but have not recieved the Books or Pamphlets of
If a Majority of the People your Way think America still theirs, they are a Majority
of Ideots. They might as sensibly think Gascoigne and Guienne still theirs1
—poor deluded Fools! how I pity them!
Sir Jo. Y. is pelting the Dutch with Memorials, in the Stile of Bernard's Speeches
and Hillsboroughs Letters.2
The Dutch hate War. They will not be Aggressors, but your Ministry have War in their
Hearts against Amsterdam, if not the whole Republick. The Ministry laboured to divide
the People of Boston from their Leaders, the People of Massachusetts from Boston,
and the other Colonies from Massachusetts, until they united all in one independent
Sovereignty, which will be an Example in Arms, Arts, Liberty and Glory, for the Admiration
and Envy of the rest of Mankind. They are now labouring to divide the People of Amsterdam
from the Regency, the other Cities of Holland from Amsterdam, and the other six Provinces
from Holland. That Ministry have no other Maxims of Government than Corruption and
Division: but they take their Measures so awkwardly, every where but in England, that
they produce Union. They will do so in this Case, and presently the 7 United Provinces
will be as independent as the 13 United States of America.