's only extant letters to America written between his departure for Russia in July
1781 and his return to Holland in April 1783 were one to
of 23 Oct. 1781
, and one to Elizabeth Cranch of 17 March 1782
(vol. 4:233–234, 297–299); but see his statement about lost correspondence in his
of 30 July
, below. His only regular correspondents during these two years were
and John Thaxter.