Recipient: Lacoste, Jn. Pas., & Courtiau (business)
[dateline] Amsterdam April 29th. 1782
I have recd. the polite Letter, which You did me the honor to write me on the 26th
with the Letter from St. Petersbourg.1
Let me beg of You to give me a minute of the Postage of this and any other Letter
You may recieve for me, that I may repay You.
You do me too much honor in ascribing the late glorious Event to me.2
It is the Result of a vast Combination of Causes which have been operating in several
Nations and various Quarters of the Globe, in which I had very little more Influence
than the Fly upon the Chariot Wheel in raising the Dust.
I do not however rejoice in it the less. It appears to me a foundation for Prosperity
and Security to both Nations, whom may God bless.
[salute] I have the honor to be, Gentlemen, your obliged and obedient humble Servant