Their High Mightinesses have at length recieved their Instructions from all the Provinces, and I have this day been in Conference 262with the Grand Committe, who communicated to me the Remarks and Propositions on their Part. To this I shall very soon give my Replication;2 and I hope the Affair will be soon ended.
I was recieved in state by two of the Lords at the Head of the Stairs, and by them conducted into the Committee Room where the Business is transacted. The Committee consisted of one or more Deputies from each Province, together with the Grand Pensionary Bleiswick and the Secretary Fagel.
According to its dispatch book, Congress did not receive this announcement that formal negotiations had begun until 1 April 1783, two and a half months after JA’s letter of 8 Oct. (No. XI, below) and the signed copies of the treaty and convention had arrived (PCC, No. 185, III, f. 60, 52).
Signature in JA’s hand.